We are indebted to Drs. Tilley, Campbell, and Butt for their perspectives on Dr. Fulton E. Risdon. An enigmatic personality, Risdon was better known in the United States and England than in Canada, where he practiced after World War 1.
He was imaginative, innovative, meticulous, and dedicated to his craft. He was the first in Canada to devote himself exclusively to the practice of plastic surgery, at a time when general surgery opposed subspecialization of any kind. By doing so, and attracting a very large practice, he showed the value of taking a closer look at one particular field—plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face.
Between 1919 and 1950 he published a long list of papers on facial trauma and reconstruction.
We are pleased to present these historical reminiscences of Dr. Risdon.