Monday, September 14, 2015

Join us Monday, October 12th for "Behind the Mask: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution"

We have a great History of Medicine lecture season ahead of us, and I can't wait for our first event! World history and its effects on plastic surgery and the beauty industry? You are not going to want to miss this one! See the event poster and details below.

History of Medicine Lecture
"Behind the Mask: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution"
David M. Lubin, Wake Forest University

Monday, October 12th, 12:15pm
OHSU Auditorium

During the Great War, trenches exposed combatants’ faces to sniper fire and flying shrapnel.  In previous wars such wounds would have proved fatal.  Now, with improved medical and ambulance services, the wounded could be saved—but not necessarily their faces.  Crudely patched-together and sent back to the trenches or their homes, men with “broken faces” were routinely ostracized.  This lecture examines the humanitarian efforts of plastic surgeons to restore obliterated faces and sculptors to fashion prosthetic masks, while also considering the 1920s beauty culture that arose in reaction to wartime unsightliness.

David Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, has written extensively on American art and popular culture.  His book Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America’s First World War was published this year by the University of California Press, and his Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War will appear from Oxford University Press in early 2016.

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