THE GUINEA PIG CLUB

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by johnboyzzz, Jul 30, 2009.

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  1. Did a search and couldn't find if this has been done before.

    Watched this last night on BBC4 and have to say it was a superb programme.

    The amazing story of how plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe changed the lives of more than 600 WWII airmen with his innovative technical and psychological methods.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074q2f/The_Guinea_Pig_Club/
     
  2. McIndoe's cousin Harold Gillies was the 'father of plastic surgery' and did sterling work in WWI - between them Gillies and McIndoe changed the lives for the better of thousands of men and their legacy is amazing. The hospital where I was born, Queen Mary's in Sidcup, was Gillies' hospital and according to their website, they have over 2,500 files from that era.

    I remember being fascinated years ago when Dad told me about The Guinea Pig Club - reconstructive surgery that today we take for granted was developed thanks to the bravery and vision of these surgeons and their patients.

    http://www.nzedge.com/heroes/gillies.html
    http://www.nzedge.com/heroes/mcindoe.html
     
  3. My grandfather was badly burned in a steel foundry at the beginning of WWII. A hot steel shovel burnt into his arm from what my mother told me, (she knew from my grandmother, she was born in 1939)
    It was expected that he would lose his arm but he survived it and had reconstructive surgery which I understand used the methods that were employed on burned airmen.

    He died in 1980 and my mother died four years ago so no way to find out any more.
     
  4. Thanks for the link JBZ, I`ve read a book several times called 'Shot down in flames' by Geoffrey Page who was one of Mr McIndoes' patients, the documentary fills in some of the gaps in the book.
    Its amazing how much one talented, innovative and laterally thinking individual can change the outlook of their profession and in this case the patients in their care. Humbling to hear the comments of the old boys and their general upbeat attitude to life after what they`ve been through.