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    The Facemaker

    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 ...

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    Archibald McIndoe

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    How to Read Now

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