THE ESTABLISHMENT of two journals devoted solely to plastic surgery and the numerous recent papers on the subject give ample evidence of the medical profession's rapidly growing interest in this surgical specialty. Letterman and Brown reviewed eighty-four articles which appeared on plastic surgery of the face in 1947. A survey of general plastic surgery for the same period and by the same writers included over one hundred and sixty-five papers. This is in marked contrast to the some twenty-five articles which Aufricht found on reconstructive surgery in 1910 and 1920.
This is a review of papers on plastic surgery published in the United States during 1948. It provides a brief and fairly comprehensive survey of articles from local, county and state publications which are of limited geographic and numerical circulation. It includes those papers appearing in the more widely distributed surgical journals. The review is offered in hope that it