Eur J Plast Surg (2005) 28: 131–139 DOI 10.1007/s00238-005-0726-2 ORIGINAL PAPER Paul Wylock Dr. Maurice Coelst: the struggle of a Belgian plastic surgeon ‘‘before the term existed’’ Received: 7 September 2004 / Accepted: 27 January 2005 / Published online: 16 June 2005 Springer-Verlag 2005 Keywords History of plastic surgery Æ M. Coelst Æ in other European countries and in the USA. Numerous J. Esser general surgeons had at all times performed recon- structive procedures. However, few surgeons devoted themselves totally to plastic surgery. Introduction France Little is known about the history of plastic surgery in Belgium. Even at the celebrations to mark the 100th In France, Louis Ombre´ danne (1871–1956), Hippolyte anniversary of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery in Morestin (1869–1919), Le´ on Dufourmentel (1884–1957) 1993 no attention was paid to the specialist ﬁeld of and Fernand Lemaıˆtre (1880–1958) had gained some plastic surgery. The beginnings of plastic surgery as a recognition for their work  (Figs. 2, 3). separate speciality during the years between the World Hippolyte Morestin was a mulatto from Martinique, Wars were regarded with suspicion all over the world by who before WW1 had gained wide recognition for his the established surgeons of the
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 1, 2005
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