This purely Dutch issue is unique for the European Jour-
nal of Plastic Surgery and, if I am not mistaken, for any
plastic surgery journal. It is fitting that this nation has
this honor because of its significant contribution to plas-
tic surgery, as can be seen from Doctor Haeseker’s his-
A great deal of effort has gone into this project, and I
single out Dr. Marck, Prof. Nicolai and Prof. Spauwen,
who have stimulated their colleagues to contribute. I
have been extremely impressed by the papers, not only
by their content but also by their organization; they were
delivered to me exactly as directed by the journal. The
other pleasant feature was the broad scope which they
have covered. I would venture to say that this will be one
of the best issues of the journal.
Springer-Verlag must also be complimented for al-
lowing this issue to be totally the work of one society. I
am sure that there was some concern about quality, and
if there was it can be seen that this was completely un-
founded. The variety and content of the papers is excel-
lent, and I found, as the Editor, that they required little in
the way of modification.
It is hoped that the plastic surgery societies of other Eu-
ropean countries will note the sentiments expressed by Dr.
Marck in his editorial. There is no reason why others can-
not celebrate significant anniversaries of their own societ-
ies in a similar fashion. That would, however, imply the
kind of support given to the journal by the Dutch group.
Their national society has enthusiastically supported the
European concept from the outset and embraced the idea
of many national societies, one association – EURAPS,
and one journal – the European Journal of Plastic Surgery.
This support was a great help to me, when, in the initial
phase of the journal my enthusiasm was flagging.
I congratulate Dr. Marck, Prof. Nicolai and Prof.
Spauwen and their colleagues, for putting together such
an outstanding issue of the journal, for reminding us of
the contributions of Holland, past and present, and for
displaying such obvious enthusiasm for the art and sci-
ence of plastic surgery.
On behalf of the journal, I extend my best wishes to
the Dutch group on the anniversary of their society.
Ian T. Jackson, M.D.
I.T. Jackson (
Editor-in-Chief, Institute for Craniofacial
and Reconstructive Surgery, Fisher Center – Third Floor,
16001 West Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075, USA
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