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The Reconstruction of Warriors: Archibald McIndoe, the Royal Air Force and the Guinea Pig Club

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The history of the Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who were seriously burned in airplane fires, is a truly inspiring, spine-tingling tale. Before World War II, plastic surgery was in its infancy. The most rudimentary techniques were only known to a few surgeons worldwide. The Allies were tremendously fortunate in having the maverick surgeon Archibald McIndoe - nicknamed 'the Boss' or 'the Maestro' - operating at a small hospital in East Grinstead in the south of England. McIndoe constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch. After arguing with his superiors, he set up a revolutionary new treatment regime. Uniquely concerned with the social environment, or 'holistic care', McIndoe also enlisted the help of the local civilian population. He rightly secured his group of patients - dubbed the Guinea Pig Club - an honored place in society as heroes of Britain's war. For the first time official records have been used to explain fully how and why this remarkable relationship developed between the Guinea Pig Club, the RAF and the Home Front. First-person recollections bring to life the heroism of the airmen with incredible clarity.

Synopsis:

The Second World War produced a unique band of heroes: a small international group of men that were uniquely celebrated and lauded for their remarkable courage. The group was the so-called Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who crawled from burning aircraft but suffered the worst imaginable burns and crash injuries. The 647 survivors included British, Canadian, Czech and Polish airmen. Their rehabilitation was placed in the hands of one plastic surgeon named Archibald McIndoe at a hospital in East Grinsted, in the south of England. McIndoe quickly constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch. After arguing with his superiors, he set up a revolutionary new treatment regime. He rightly secured his patients a place in society as Allied war heroes. For the first time official records have been used to fully explain how the patients were injured, treated, then paraded as heroes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781853676109
Subtitle:
Archibald McIndoe,the Royal Air Force and the Guinea Pig Club
Author:
Mayhew, E R
Author:
Mayhew, E. R.
Publisher:
Greenhill Books
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20060101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.46x6.50x.92 in. 1.17 lbs.

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The Second World War produced a unique band of heroes: a small international group of men that were uniquely celebrated and lauded for their remarkable courage. The group was the so-called Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who crawled from burning aircraft but suffered the worst imaginable burns and crash injuries. The 647 survivors included British, Canadian, Czech and Polish airmen. Their rehabilitation was placed in the hands of one plastic surgeon named Archibald McIndoe at a hospital in East Grinsted, in the south of England. McIndoe quickly constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch. After arguing with his superiors, he set up a revolutionary new treatment regime. He rightly secured his patients a place in society as Allied war heroes. For the first time official records have been used to fully explain how the patients were injured, treated, then paraded as heroes.
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