Just Thinking

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Photo copyright: Enisa.

I need a new face doc. The damned cockpit jammed and by the time I bailed out, well you can see the result. They tell me that you can do remarkable things. Jimmy, let me start by introducing you to the chaps who really know the limits of my abilities. They have formed a self help group, calling it The Guinea Pig Club.

The first rule of the club is to get on with life. They are a damned fine bunch, they make what I do worthwhile. I will introduce you to them. Quite a few of them are going into East Grinstead tonight. So there should be some beer left in the barrel.

I know it’s been a nightmare Jimmy but you are here now and in my hands Archibald Mc Indoe will not fail you. I have to go now. Tomorrow you and I get to work putting things right..


Archibald Mc Indoe pioneered new forms of repairing damaged skin after RAF aircrew suffered severe burns.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. James

    Wow. That’s a pretty amazing piece of history. Thanks for presenting it, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      James I have the upmost respect for doctors who ‘really’ dedicate themselves to healing the sick. Thank you for your feedback. Mike

  2. Michael

    Great tale Michael….I did enjoy the sense of the casualness of the opening sentence.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to get your feedback. Thank you Michael

  3. anuragbakhshi

    What an interesting take Michael. While reading the story, I was visualizing that sniper from Boardwalk Empire who had lost his face in the war.

    1. Michael Humphris

      War creates such pain, so when doctors like Archibald McIndoe attempt to repair the damage I want to praise them.

  4. yarnspinnerr

    Another great write from you.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you kind sir.

  5. Priceless Joy

    A great tribute to Archibald McIndoe, Mike! Lovely story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Men like Archibald McIndoe deserve all the credit. But thank you PJ

  6. Reena Saxena

    Plastic surgery has moved a long way from there. I wonder if there will be capsules to swallow in the future, which will renew skin. Happy New Year!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Reena. The great thing about Archibald McIndoe was that he also really understood the need for psychological healing.

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