Jiri Smahel, 1925–2000

Jiri Smahel, 1925–2000 Eur J Plast Surg (2001) 24:1 DOI 10.1007/s002380000213 OBITUAR Y Leo Clodius Published online: 15 December 2000 © Springer-Verlag 2000 gical Clinic of Zurich University Hospital. His main in- terest, as demonstrated by multiple papers on the subject, was the revascularization of grafted skin of varying ori- gins and thickness. His dissertations included valuable information on the revascularization of skin appendices and of skin flaps, the role of vascularity in the healing of skin and subcutaneous tissues, silicones and tissue reac- tions, and fatty tissues. With the advent of microsurgery, he organized the necessary training facilities in his own laboratory. Both before and after his retirement in 1990, calling himself a theoretician, Smahel was always ready and happy to discuss the “crazy ideas” of clinical plastic sur- geons. His enormous scientific knowledge brought our plastic surgery imaginations back to reality, thus en- abling us to make our ideas useful in clinical practice. Together, from ignorance to progress, we loved to cross traditional boundaries, for example, on the subject of hairless hair grafting [1] – knowing full well that in an orthodox university set-up scientific tradition breakers are not liked by many. However, immersed in science, Smahel was always a winner: going through the problem instead of around it; making scientific commitments, not promises; not only admitting failures, but explaining them. He loved clinicians enough to warn us of possible errors. Jiri Smahel (1) was born in 1925 in what was called, at We will not forget Jiri Smahel's striving ambitions, that time, the “CSSR”. In 1950 he received his M.D. de- his restless search for the advancement of our speciality. gree in Prague. Smahel was never a member of the com- Today, he is but a handful of ashes. Today, we mourn munist party. Nevertheless, due to his respected knowl- him and miss him, but his spirit lives on. From the edge and his position in the scientific community, he was depths of our full hearts we can only say: Thank you! offered a Chair and Professorship in the Histology and Embryology Department of the centuries-old Karl’s Uni- versity in Prague. In 1965, he preferred to become the References Director of the Research Department of the Second Sur- L. Clodius ( ) 1. Clodius L, Smahel J (1979) Resurfacing denuded areas of Seefeldstrasse 4, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland the beard with full-thickness scalp grafts. Br J Plast Surg Tel.: +41-1-2525522 32:295–299 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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