Plastic surgery—a blend of art and science

Plastic surgery—a blend of art and science Eur J Plast Surg (2014) 37:459–460 DOI 10.1007/s00238-014-0951-7 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Shehab Jabir Received: 3 March 2014 /Accepted: 15 March 2014 /Published online: 26 March 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 “Art and science have their meeting point in method and becoming an expert plastic surgeon. Rather, producing a this is especially true in plastic surgery”—John Stage surgically excellent result requires a thorough understand- Davis, MD [1]. ing of anatomy, basic medical science and adequate train- ing which all help to culminate in a successful outcome. Sir, However, in addition to these essential foundational “sci- Since the initiation of medical practice, it has always been entific” bases, the presence of an artistic flair within the referred to as an art. This did not negate the fact that a degree plastic surgeon may help him or her to further streamline of scientific rationality was always applied to this “art” even at the cosmetic (and possibly functional) outcomes of their its earliest stages [2, 3]. Over the centuries, the development of patients. modern medicine along evidence-based principles has result- Therefore, some degree of training in drawing and ed in a divergence between art and medicine with medicine sculpting the human body European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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