Medicine: The Wounded Face

Two top-notch speakers on surgery at the District of Columbia Medical Society's 15th Scientific Assembly last fortnight charged that many battlefront and home-front surgeons are not making full use of modern surgical knowledge. Said Lieut. Colonel B. Noland Carter of the Army Medical Corps: "In spite of directives and warnings, some surgeons still continue to close battle wounds. . . . Battle wounds should never be closed except in rarely specified instances."

Said Plastic Surgeon Robert H. Ivy of Philadelphia, who was an Army surgeon in World War I: "Many times in the closure of a cut on the face, very coarse,...

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