A review of the literature on the use of skin in certain types of plastic operations reveals that it has been suggested for application. No reports of conclusive experimental or clinical studies with this easily available autoplastic material have appeared except those articles which have been published in the German literature.
Professor E. Rehn has successfully used this material, which he and Loewe called the cutis graft, in plastic operations. The gratifying results seem worthy of consideration.
To avoid any misunderstanding, it is advisable first to define the term "cutis."
This word was coined by those who suggested the use of this type of skin graft because, though it is derived from the skin, it is not a bona fide skin graft. It does contain the cutaneous and subcutaneous structures of skin, but it is devoid of its epidermal covering when it is transplanted.
The employment of cutis in plastic