Eur J Plast Surg (2000) 23:162 © Springer-Verlag 2000 GUEST EDIT ORIAL Klaas Marck · Jean-Philippe Nicolai · Paul Spauwen Doctors without ideals and without fantasy are mental flatfooters (Sape Talma) Yes, Europa has been abducted. This continent bears the Some, however, feel uncomfortable about these changes; name of the beautiful daughter of Phoenix, the advisor of they fear a loss of identity due to this political unifica- Achilles, who conquered Troy with his famous Trojan tion. The mistake they make is that they still use the horse. Europa was carried off by the almighty Zeus and concept of a nation as point of identification, instead of hidden on the island of Crete. At that time, millennia their culture. Culture, i.e., language, customs, literature, ago, the continent was ruled by violence and war, and sports, and art, should be the basis of our identity and not since then, little has changed in that respect. the political nation, with its malevolent boundaries. In a In the first half of the past century, the developments politically unified Europe, we should enjoy the diversity in Europe completely fitted this image of endless brutali- of cultures and respect them in all their variants. This re- ty, culminating in two wars that excelled as industries of quires a sound dose of tolerance and the ability to put slaughter. On the back of this bloody scenery, our medi- things into perspective. If we, Europeans of today, suc- cal specialty evolved. Plastic surgery emerged as a ceed in this task, the continent will not be carried once source of comfort to those who survived but lost all or more into the insanity of bloodshed, but instead will part of their face. Since then, in all medical specialties prosper for the benefit of our own beautiful daughters and thus also in our field, developments have accelerat- and handsome sons. ed. We have seen the evolution of the concept of axial The plastic surgeons of Europe can express their con- vascularity of flaps, the birth of microsurgery, the intro- fidence in a European future, by organizing common duction of biomaterials, and an expanding popularization congresses, by exchanging trainees and fellows, by de- (and also vulgarization) of aesthetic surgery. This medi- fining a European training programme, and by deciding cal outburst has been made possible by growing prosper- to send their best manuscripts not to their national spe- ity, in which the United States of America is in the lead- cialty journal, not to journals at other sides of oceans, ing position and continues to be. but to the official organ of the European Association of Times are changing, and over the last 50 years, West- Plastic Surgeons. The creativity of thousands of plastic ern Europe has known a peaceful and prosperous period. surgeons on this beautifully diverse and dynamic conti- Economic cooperation between nations has been sought nent will ensure an excellent and interesting journal for and found. The European Community has become a po- our profession. So forget your boundaries and write and litical reality with vanishing borders, common coinages, read your future in your own journal: this journal! and a more or less equal future for all its inhabitants.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: May 22, 2000
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