BBC to highlight hospital’s plastic surgery revolution

PUBLISHED: 16:36 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 25 August 2010

A DOCUMENTARY will chart how a hospital became a pioneer in plastic surgery.

A DOCUMENTARY will chart how a hospital became a pioneer in plastic surgery.

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, is featured in Blood And Guts: A History Of Surgery, on BBC4 on Wednesday, September 10 at 9pm.

The programme will look at how the hospital became a worldwide pioneer for plastic surgery after it was set up in 1914, to care for World War One servicemen with facial injuries.

Groundbreaking doctor Sir Harold Gillies transformed the discipline of plastic surgery when he worked at the NHS Trust, then known as The Queen's Hospital, between 1917 and 1925.

Researchers from across the world come to Sidcup to find out more about the early history of plastic surgery and the trust still holds an unrivalled archive documenting Sir Harold's work.

Other stories featured in the programme include the gruesome tale of American socialite and beauty, 22-year-old Gladys Deacon, who had hot wax injected into her face to perfect her nose.

It melted and destroyed her looks and she ended up in a psychiatric hospital where she died aged 96.

Top surgeon Peter Butler talks about a full facial transplant and what it would feel like to live with someone else's face.

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