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Medical Museum Science Café: About Face: Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in World War I

Dates: August 27, 2013 at 6-7 p.m.

Location: Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Room
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Cost: Free

In works about World War I and its carnage, the 27,000 faces that were damaged in battle seldom appear. Nor does The Queen’s Hospital, the London hospital where soldier’s faces were— when possible— restored from 1917 to 1925. In "About Face," author Ann Gerike, Ph.D., brings those soldiers’ stories, and Queen’s Hospital, to compassionate life through poetry and prose. Gerike will discuss how her interest in early reconstructive surgery evolved, and how the surgery itself evolved during World War I. For more information, call 301-319-3303 or visit http://www.medicalmuseum.mil.


Photo caption/credit: Trench warfare during World War I ensured that the face was frequently the only exposed part of the body. This facial reconstruction model depicts a patient with a splinting apparatus to fix a fractured upper jaw. (Image courtesy of NMHM, M-550 10856)