Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:185 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0492-y INVITED COMMENTAR Y E. Arnaud Commentary on “The selection of the most appropriate materials and the timing of procedures for dura, bone and skin reconstruction in patients with wartime head injuries,” by Vujotic et al. Published online: 14 June 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 The authors report a wealth of clinical experience in conditions pale into insignificance compared to the diffi- war-related craniofacial injuries. Their originality, which culties that the emergency team faced on a day-to-day is obvious to a civilian reader, is considerable, and the basis. In the light of this, their good results must be con- size of the series is large, for both of which reasons the sidered as a major achievement. Secondly, the scientific research needs to be reported. Primarily, I would stress results of their study are not surprising to me, since I the admirable performance of the authors in gathering have always considered, as I was taught, that autologous their surgical experience, which took place, as one can material, when usable, is better. However, I do consider imagine, under hostile conditions, not only from a tech- that research on biomaterials should continue, because nical point of view, as well as under the psychological we all know that in some instances, we cannot avoid constraints that war entails. The public hospital restric- their use. tions that often annoy us in the West under peacetime This commentary refers to the paper available at: http://dx.doi.org./10.1007/s00238-003-0491-z E. Arnaud ( ) Paris, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 1, 2003
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