- New York: Grolier Club, The, 2020.
- 8 x 10.5 inches
- 58 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830933
Price: $30.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 135300
"When World War I left millions of soldiers wounded, mutilated, and, at worst, faceless, the medical profession's endeavour to restore basic humanity to those who could no longer easily breathe, eat, or interact with others greatly accelerated advances in reconstructive facial surgery. While unarguably a turning point in medical history, these developments are relatively recent in the long and fascinating history of plastic surgery. ... This exhibition catalogue presents 97 landmark works on the subject, selected with an expert eye by the plastic surgeon Douglas Monasebian, M.D., from his own collection."
- Anke Timmerman, The Book Collector
Published to accompany the eponymous exhibition on display at the Grolier Club from November 19, 2020, through February 13, 2021, this catalogue showcases rare books from a passionate collector and practicing surgeon. To many people, plastic surgery conjures up aesthetic and cosmetic surgery, but as the items in Douglas Monasebian's collection show, the specialty has been at the forefront of restoring the faces and bodies of those who were injured in wars or other traumatic events, affected by cancer or other illnesses, or afflicted with birth defects. The books featured range from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries, providing a sense of how the specialty evolved and highlighting key events and groundbreaking developments. The catalogue is arranged by topic, with sections on the origins of plastic surgery; illness and disease; nasal reconstruction, cleft lip and palate; breast surgery; trauma, war, and wound healing; cosmetic surgery; and anesthesia, instrumentation, and nursing. With 52 illustrations.