The history of the Guinea Pig Club, the band of airmen who were seriously burned in airplane fires, is a truly inspiring, spine-tingling tale. Before World War II, plastic surgery was in its infancy. The most rudimentary techniques were only known to a few surgeons worldwide. The Allies were tremendously fortunate in having the maverick surgeon Archibald McIndoe - nicknamed 'the Boss' or 'the Maestro' - operating at a small hospital in East Grinstead in the south of England. McIndoe constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch. After arguing with his superiors, he set up a revolutionary new treatment regime. Uniquely concerned with the social environment, or 'holistic care', McIndoe also enlisted the help of the local civilian population. He rightly secured his group of patients - dubbed the Guinea Pig Club - an honored place in society as heroes of Britain's war. For the first time official records have been used to explain fully how and why this remarkable relationship developed between the Guinea Pig Club, the RAF and the Home Front. First-person recollections bring to life the heroism of the airmen with incredible clarity.
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Emily Mayhew is the narrator of a forthcoming BBC documentary on the Guinea Pig Club and was a key advisor on an award-winning Canadian documentary which will be screened on satellite TV.Review:
"It has been described as the most exclusive Club in the world, but the entrance fee is something most men would not care to pay and the conditions of membership are arduous in the extreme Sir Archibald McIndoe"
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Book Description Book Condition: New. The so-called Guinea Pig Club was an unique band of Second World War airmen who crawled from downed aircraft but suffered the worst imaginable burns and crash injuries. The 649 survivors included British, Canadian, Czech and Polish combatants. Before the war, no one had anticipated airmen would survive mid-air fires and, consequently, provision for their care was virtually non-existent. Their rehabilitation was placed in the hands of one plastic surgeon, Archibald McIndoe, who quickly constructed a medical infrastructure from scratch at a hospital in East Grinsted and devised a revolutionary treatment regime concerned with 'holistic care', despite initial opposition from his superiors. Using first-hand accounts and official records, this book explains the scientific and military backdrop to McIndoe's work and shows how the patients were injured, treated and then paraded as heroes. Bookseller Inventory # 2375
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Book Description Greenhill Books, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111853676101
Book Description Greenhill Books, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB1853676101
Book Description Greenhill Books, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1853676101