Byline: Dinesh. Kadam
An incredible journey!
The year 2018 marks the 50th year of publication for Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, which began in 1968. There cannot be a better occasion than this for me to assume the office of the Editor. Fifty years in publication is an important milestone and an outstanding achievement for any journal, particularly when the speciality did not even exist in most places.
Recollecting this glorious past is both nostalgic and an afflatus for all of us. In 1950, merely two plastic surgery units were functioning in India. In the next five years, the then five dedicated plastic surgeons in the country took the initiative to form an association with impetus from Sir Benjamin Rank, the pioneer of plastic surgery in Australia. Incidentally, the Australian association too had been formed with only five plastic surgeons. Thus, in 1957, the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India was formally inaugurated in Nagpur, by the legendary Sir Harold Gillies, with Dr R.N. Cooper as Founder President, Dr C. Balakrishnan(Vice President), Dr. R.N. Sinha (Founder Secretary), Dr M. Mukherji, Dr. R.N. Sharma and Dr N.H. Antia as Council members. The following decade saw magnanimous effort to start teaching units across the country, to...