September 8, 2008 §
Sculpture of William Spreckley.
I recently read about the reconstructive surgery performed by Harold Gillies at the Queen’s Hospital in Sidcup, UK, during World War I. A true pioneer, Gillies is credited with establishing the discipline of plastic surgery. He developed the pedicle tube flap technique and was the first to attempt an (unsuccesful) partial face transplant.
Reconstructive war surgery is usually associated with very graphic photos, not suited for everyone. But the British artist Paddy Hartley came up with an absolutely brilliant way to represent the work of Gillies. « Read the rest of this entry »