Reconstructing Faces of World War I

I’ve been researching the birth of plastic surgery, which really happened as a result of World War I. My theory is that… let’s just say “P” Gordon… 😉 had several rounds of early reconstructive surgery on his face, which was why he still had bandages one full year after the last battle of Passchendaele. Otherwise, it honestly wouldn’t make any sense for them to still be there. I’ve been reading some fascinating articles on this topic. The problem is that I’m not sure it would be a great idea to link to most of these. The pics are very, VERY, VERY!!! graphic and not for the faint of heart. OTOH, this shows the reality of war and the incredible work of the pioneering surgeons who were able to give back to these veterans so that they had more normal faces. The price these soldiers paid in their service was very high, and it’s a sobering look at what happened in that war. After experimenting with many links to see if I could find one that doesn’t show the most disturbing pics in the thumbnail (FB doesn’t let you put your own graphic content warning on a link, as far as I can tell,) I found one that is pretty mild. But if you click on this story, you will see some pics where… again, not for the faint of heart. But I think this is such an important topic. So, click at your own risk!! There’s a reason why I didn’t show pics from the article itself until the BOTTOM of the post.

Here’s the article about World War I plastic surgery:

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