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Question 3#

Which landmark publication related to free tissue transfer is correct?

a. The first successful thumb replantation was performed by Komatsu and Tamai in 1967
b. The first clinical series of free tissue transfers was published by Nakayama in 1969
c. Cobbett performed the first successful free great toe-to-hand transfer in humans in 1968
d. McLean and Buncke performed the first free omentum flap in 1971
e. None of the above is true

Correct Answer is C

Comment:

Cobbett performed the first successful free great toe-to-hand transfer in humans in 1968. Komatsu and Tamai performed the first known successful thumb replantation in 1965 and published their accomplishment in 1968. Nakayama published the first clinical series of free tissue transfers in 1964 (16 of 21 were successful; all were performed without a surgical microscope). Although it has been published that toe-to-hand free tissue transfer in humans was first performed in China in 1967, this was of the second toe; Cobbett was the first to perform free great toe-to-hand transfer in humans. McLean and Buncke performed the first free omentum flap in 1969 for scalp reconstruction and published their achievement in 1972.