The Guinea Pig Club: Forces and factors that revolutionised burns plastic surgery

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Bates, A. and Wordsworth, S. 2022. The Guinea Pig Club: Forces and factors that revolutionised burns plastic surgery. Journal of Perioperative Practice. 31 (11), pp. 412 - 418. https://doi.org/10.1177/17504589211048637
AuthorsBates, A. and Wordsworth, S.
Abstract

The ‘Guinea Pig Club’ has been described as the most exclusive club in the world, but the entrance fee is something most men would care not to pay, and the conditions of membership are arduous in the extreme. The Guinea Pig Club was formed in July 1941 to support aircrew who were undergoing reconstructive plastic surgery after receiving burn injuries in the Second World War. This paper will explore the novel surgical techniques employed to treat the Guinea Pig Club members, their experiences at the hospital and their lives after the war and how Sir Archibald McIndoe and the Guinea Pig club members revolutionised burns plastic surgery as we know it today.

KeywordsThe Guinea Pig Club; Burns; McIndoe; Airmen; Second World War; Gillies
Year2022
JournalJournal of Perioperative Practice
Journal citation31 (11), pp. 412 - 418
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN2515-7949
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/17504589211048637
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/17504589211048637
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Online18 Oct 2021
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Accepted05 Sep 2021
Deposited25 Jul 2023
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