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Pioneering plastic surgery records from World WarI published

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 13 Jul 2012 10:28    Onderwerp: Pioneering plastic surgery records from World WarI published Reageer met quote

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The surgical records detail the groundbreaking work of Dr Harold Gillies, the pioneering plastic surgeon who developed some of the world’s first successful skin grafts during the Great War.

Dr Gillies developed early plastic surgery techniques to treat seriously wounded and disfigured soldiers, allowing them to go on to live a full life as civilians.

Records relating to more than 3,000 soldiers treated at The Queen’s Hospital in Sidcup, Kent during the First World War have now been placed online for the first time.

The index of 11,000 operations reflect procedures between 1917 and 1925, including details of soldiers’ their names, regiments and ranks.

It will allow the descendents of patients to trace their family details, even down to the date they joined the army, injuries sustained and dates they were admitted and discharged from hospital.

The records, described as a “very rare” opportunity for family historians to learn more about relatives who survived the war, can now be viewed on findmypast.co.uk.

In one series of pictures, a young soldier suffering a hideous facial disfigurement after being wounded in battle is shown undergo successful reconstructive surgery.

One patient, 20-year-old Private Richard Walker from the Royal Lancaster Regiment of the British contingent, 3rd battalion, was wounded on 23rd October 1918 and admitted to The Queen’s Hospital with a ‘gunshot wound lower lip’.

Another, Lieutenant William M. Spreckley from the Sherwood Foresters Service in the British contingent, 16th battalion, was admitted to the hospital in January 1917 at the age of 33 with a ‘gunshot wound nose’. He was discharged three and a half years later in October 1920.

Debra Chatfield, family historian at findmypast.co.uk, commented: “The medical world owes a great deal to Dr Gillies, as do those who were treated by him in the early twentieth century and anyone who has ever received plastic surgery treatment since then.

“Without his pioneering developments in this field, plastic surgery might not be as advanced as it is today.

“These records are an important source of information for historians, the medical world and those interested in learning about the reality and aftermath of World War I.”

The personal medical records and individual photographs of soldiers will not all be availably publicly online due to their “sensitive nature”.

Anyone who believes their ancestor may have been injured during the First World War and been treated by Dr Gilles can use the website to find them.

Photographs of patients before and after their treatment can been seen in the Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, along with pictures of staff, the grounds and inside the hospital.

Dr Sam Alberti, Director of Museums & Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “Dr Harold Gillies was a founding figure in the history of plastic surgery, developing innovative procedures to help reconstruct the faces of badly injured soldiers and airmen, whose facial injuries were caused by bullet wounds and flying shrapnel and needed extensive bone, muscle and skin grafting to restore their appearance.

“Most notably, Gillies introduced the tubed pedicle which used the patients’ own tissue to aid reconstructive surgery and reduce the chance of rejection.

“The files associated with his work are an unparalleled resource for the study of this important branch of medicine and family history.”

The release of The Gillies Archive marks the 130th birth year of the surgeon and 95th anniversary of the opening of The Queen’s Hospital.

In 1917, Dr Gillies carried out the first modern plastic surgery to rebuild the face of sailor Walter Yeo, performing a skin graft on severe facial injuries around his eyes.

He received a knighthood for his work in 1930.

Early forms of reconstructive surgery, including primative nose jobs, are reported to have been carried out as early as 800 BC in India.


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BerichtGeplaatst: 13 Jul 2012 10:47    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Interessant!!

Voor meer info over Harold Gillies:
http://forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=18554&highlight=gillies
En
http://forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=23514&highlight=gillies

The Gillies Archives
http://forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=10480&highlight=gillies

En Project Facade
http://forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=1959&highlight=gillies
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