Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:17–18 DOI 10.1007/s00238-002-0443-z INVITED COMMENTAR Y Michel Costagliola Published online: 28 February 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 Keywords Burn care medicine · Burn centers · loid scars, contractures, etc. That is the second principle Brulology · France of burn care. Function must be considered. The third and last principle is that repair must always be as esthetic as possible, since a scar of good cosmetic appearance is a Care of burn patients in France, as in many European guarantee of the patient’s later quality of life, the ulti- countries, has long been neglected; this was a field mate goal of the whole chain of care. which afforded little satisfaction and did not arouse In France about 10,000 patients are hospitalized every much medical interest. It was only after the Second year for burns. About one-third of these are admitted to World War that attitudes really began to change; aware- one of the 20 Burn Centers in metropolitan France. ness of the need for multidisciplinary specialized man- There are also some specialized units in the overseas de- agement led to the opening of Burn Departments partments and territories (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Re- 50 years ago. Burns are
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