Past Event

Lindsey Fitzharris - The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I

September 24, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Online and in-person: National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri

Event Description

From the moment the first machine gun rang out over the Western Front, one thing was clear: humankind’s military technology had wildly surpassed its medical capabilities. WWI claimed millions of lives and left millions more wounded and disfigured. Amidst this brutality, there were those who endeavored to alleviate suffering. "The Facemaker" tells the extraordinary story of pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies. At a time when losing a limb made a soldier a hero, but a wounded face made him a monster to a society largely intolerant of disfigurement, Gillies restored not just the faces of the wounded, but also their spirits.

Event Speaker

Lindsey Fitzharris, Author

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. Hosted by the National WWI Museum and Memorial