Response to ‘Australia's contribution to the free abdominoplasty flap in breast reconstruction’

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David George Pennington

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free tissue flaps, microsurgery, Australia

Abstract

Perhaps few realise that the development of what became known as the free transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (TRAM) flap was a race involving not one but two surgical teams, one in Sydney and the other, with the aid of the Australian Richard Hamilton, in Sweden

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