Reconstructing Faces: The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem

Author(s): Murray Clyde Meikle

NZ - History

The two world wars played an important role in the evolution of plastic and maxillofacial surgery in the first half of the 20th century. This book is about four of the key figures involved. Sir Harold Gillies and Sir Archibald McIndoe were born in Dunedin; McIndoe and Rainsford Mowlem studied medicine at the University of Otago Medical School, and Henry Pickerill was foundation Dean of the University of Otago Dental School. The author describes how these surgeons revolutionised plastic surgery and the treatment of facial trauma, working on soldiers, fighter pilots and civilians disfigured by bombs, shrapnel and burns. Eventually Gillies et al. were supported by a vast surgical enterprise that included surgeons, dentists, anaesthetists, artists and photographers, nurses and orderlies. The text is fully illustrated with photos, drawings and case notes by the surgeons and war artists at military hospitals at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Aldershot and Sidcup in WWI and civilian hospitals at East Grinstead, Basingstoke and Hill End in WWII. The book includes a DVD of Rainsford Mowlem performing a variety of plastic operations. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of medicine and the treatment of casualties in World Wars I and II.

Contains detailed case notes and DVD.


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Murray C. Meikle is Emeritus Professor of Orthodontics, King's College London Dental Institute at Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals (GKT), University of London, and a former Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Since retiring from GKT in 2003, he has been Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Otago and a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore.

1. Edinburgh in the South Pacific 2. Gillies and Pickerill: The first generation 3. Gillies is sent to France and becomes a plastic surgeon 4. The Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot 5. The Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup: Birthplace of modern plastic surgery 6. Pickerill joins the war effort and returns to England 7. McIndoe, Mowlem and the interwar years 8. McIndoe and the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead 9. The Guinea Pig Club 10. Mowlem and Hill End Hospital, St Albans 11. Gillies chooses Rooksdown House 12. Epilogue Index

General Fields

  • : 9781877578397
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Contains Hardback and DVD
  • : August 2013
  • : 260mm X 198mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Murray Clyde Meikle
  • : Hardback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : 617.520592
  • : Near Fine
  • : 262
  • : Colour and black & white