The History of Hair Transplantation

    March 2000 in “Dermatologic Surgery
    Walter Unger
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    TLDR Hair transplantation has evolved since 1822, with significant advancements by key figures and widespread international growth.
    The document "The History of Hair Transplantation" by Walter P. Unger provides a detailed account of the evolution of hair restoration surgery, tracing its origins to 1822 and crediting Dr. Norman Orentreich in the 1950s with the discovery of "donor dominance" and the pioneering of modern hair transplantation techniques. It highlights the contributions of several key figures, including Dr. Patrick Rabineau, Dr. James Bernard Pinski, Dr. Pierre Pouteaux, Dr. O'Tar Norwood, Dr. Richard Shiell, Dr. Walter Unger, Dr. Rolf Nordstrom, and Martin Unger, who have all significantly advanced the field through practice, teaching, and scientific research. The document also notes Dr. Robert Limmer's innovation of follicular unit transplantation in 1988 and the international growth of the field, with practitioners from various medical specialties contributing to its scientific development. The history emphasizes the collaborative nature of the field's growth and the camaraderie among international practitioners, while also acknowledging the possibility of omissions in the account.
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