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Medicinal leech therapy in plastic surgery

The medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis) has played a role in treating illness for over 3500 years [1]. It has survived rapid paradigm shifts in medical sciences and knowledge. In Ancient Rome, the use of leeches for bloodletting was propagated by...

Training in Facial Plastic Surgery in the UK

Following the Keogh report earlier this year into the quality of cosmetic surgery in the UK, surgical training into cosmetic surgery is high on the agenda. A Cosmetic Surgery Interspecialty Committee at the Royal College of Surgeons will be discussing...

­Plastic Surgery Volume 1: Principles

This volume thoroughly covers the basic principles of plastic surgery beginning with an overview of key developments as well as the innovative personalities and their contribution to the detailed history of this specialty. Whilst the next few chapters are principally...

Nanotechnology and regenerative therapeutics in plastic surgery

This review is focussed on how novel nanotech therapeutics can apply to modern plastic surgery. The review does not pose a specific question and, therefore, does not base the review on a particular hypothesis to whether nanotech carries an evidence...

Plastic Surgery Volume 6: Hand and Upper Extremity

This is the last of this six-volume textbook, which provides an almost comprehensive coverage of the entire spectrum of hand and upper limb conditions. This remains a formidable task, as evidenced by other more extensive hand surgery textbooks that are...

Plastic Surgery Volume 2: Aesthetic Surgery

All aspects of aesthetic plastic surgery (excepting breast) are covered in this volume beginning with chapters on the management of the aesthetic patient and the principles and practice of non-surgical facial rejuvenation including the use of Botulinum toxins, fillers and...

Plastic Surgery:6-Volume Set, 3rd Edition

This third edition of the great Plastic Surgery volumes was published last year and is now edited by Peter Neligan. It follows those previous works of Converse, McCarthy and Mathes in bringing together a wealth of expertise and knowledge combined...

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of the East Asian Face

One can think of very few communities to which the East Asian diaspora has not migrated over the course of the last few centuries. Thus, even northern European surgeons such as myself are regularly faced with aesthetic challenges pertaining to...

IN RESPONSE TO: Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine - specialties and specialists

I read with great interest the article ‘Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine: specialties and specialists’ by Professor Andrew Burd published in the Feb/Mar issue of PMFA News. Prof Burd brings up many valid points about the specialty of plastic surgery...

Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine: specialties and specialists

Dr Nikolaos Metatoxos has written an excellent article ‘How to establish a successful practice in aesthetic medicine’, which looks at the business of aesthetic medicine and underlines some very important ethical issues. When comparing hospital doctors and aesthetic medicine practitioners...

COVID-19: How the plastic surgery specialty is responding

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” So, what happens when there is no work? We present viewpoints from various plastic surgeons faced with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the Cosmetic Surgery Forum...

Plastic surgery and safety issues: a patient perspective

Patient safety in the unregulated world of cosmetic plastic surgery is now an extremely serious global issue. The media is always ready to sensationalise disasters but what can be done to prevent them? One key issue is the concept of...