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The Facemaker

24 September 2022, 6.30pm

'The Facemaker' book cover
'The Facemaker' book cover
24 September 2022, 6.30pm

The Facemaker

Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the poignant story of one visionary surgeon who battled to mend the disfigured soldiers of the First World War.
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From the moment the first machine gun rang out over the Western Front, one thing was clear: mankind’s military technology had wildly surpassed its medical capabilities.

Join award-winning historian Lindsey Fitzharris as she tells the true story of the patients whose lives were wrecked and then repaired by the pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies, who dedicated himself to restoring the faces of a brutalised generation.

It is an extraordinary tale of a man who worked to establish one of the world’s first hospitals dedicated entirely to facial reconstruction, at a time when society was largely intolerant to facial differences. His work ushered in the modern era of plastic surgery and restored the identities, spirits and lives of the patients that he treated.

The speaker

Lindsey Fitzharris is the author of The Butchering Art, which won the PEN/EO Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing, and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and the Wolfson History Prize.

She received her doctorate in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Wellcome Institute.

She contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American and other notable publications.

Lindsay Fitzharris

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24 September 2022
6.30pm - 7.30pm
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National Army Museum (Atrium)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HT United Kingdom