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The Facemaker

A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I

by Lindsey Fitzharris

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The Facemaker by Lindsey Fitzharris
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    Jun 2022, 336 pages

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The story of Harold Gillies, a celebrated surgeon who dedicated himself to the facial reconstruction of wounded soldiers during World War I and became the father of modern plastic surgery.

The summer of 1914 saw the beginning of World War I, the bloody conflict known as the "war to end all wars." As the fighting raged on, the number of injured men quickly swelled, and physicians found themselves confronted with wounds and trauma of unprecedented severity and number. Many despaired in the face of this brutality, but some found new inspiration and optimism in their ability to alleviate the suffering of the injured. In The Facemaker, Lindsey Fitzharris shares the history of one such individual: Harold Gillies, a celebrated surgeon and visionary who became one of the pioneers of facial reconstruction. Through the work of Gillies and his team, injured soldiers were given not only new faces but new chances at life. Intriguing, detailed, and often macabre, The Facemaker is a story of war, medicine and art that explores the lasting influence of Gillies' legacy.

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