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The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I: Signed Edition (Hardback)
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The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I: Signed Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 07/06/2022
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Shedding light on the ambitious work of the pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies with the First World War soldiers who sustained facial injuries in battle, The Facemaker tells the story of how imagination and medical innovation helped to restore faces – and identities – wrecked by war.

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From the moment the first machine gun rang out over the Western Front, one thing was clear: mankind's military technology had wildly surpassed its medical capabilities. The war caused carnage on an industrial scale, and the nature of trench warfare meant that thousands sustained facial injuries. In The Facemaker, award-winning historian Lindsey Fitzharris tells the true story of the pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies, who dedicated himself to restoring the faces of a brutalized generation.

Gillies, a Cambridge-educated New Zealander, established one of the world's first hospitals dedicated entirely to facial reconstruction. At a time when losing a limb made a soldier a hero but losing a face made him a monster to a society largely intolerant of facial differences, Gillies restored not just faces, but identities and spirits.

The Facemaker places Gillies's ingenious surgical innovations alongside the dramatic stories of soldiers whose lives were wrecked and repaired. The result is a vivid account of how medicine and art can merge, and of what courage and imagination can accomplish in the presence of relentless horror.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 2928377080389
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 30 mm

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“Gillies, the unsung hero..”

Fitzharris’s biography exposes who Harold Gillies really was, a New Zealander doctor of Scottish heritage, who invented many techniques to reconstruct the faces of many soldiers disfigured during the First World War.... More

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Mels’ Best Books

“Five stars, and then some more”

I cannot shout loud enough about this cracking book!
I’ve never read a nonfiction book from cover to cover...but this is going to be followed by reading The Butchering Art for me...
I work with a team of plastic... More

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Jamie Lee

“A fascinating, heartbreaking & ultimately hopefully story.”

Thank you so much Allen Lane/Penguin Random House for this proof.
A fascinating, heartbreaking & ultimately hopefully story of a man who changed so many lives.
The Facemaker not only tells the story of Harold... More

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