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History of Plastic Surgery

Introduction

Authors: Magnus Balslev Avnstorp, MD and Anne Mosebo, Med. Stud.

To become a complete Plastic Surgeon you must know your history. New procedures are introduced every year, but some have been used for centuries.

Plastic Surgery derives from the Greek words ‘plastikē’ (tekhnē) = the art of modelling, and from Cheirourgia; Cheir = hand and ergon = work.1

This chapter describes how ancient surgery and medicine developed from 6500 years before Christ (BC) into what Plastic Surgery is today.

References

  1. Oxford english dictionary. s,v “plastic” and “surgery”.  http://www.oed.com/ n.d.

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