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Saving Face

August 30, 2014

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Profile America — Saturday, August 30th. Few of us have the opportunity to actually change the shape of people's lives and help them to live more happily. Such a man was Dr. Claire Straith, whose birthday in 1891 is noted today. Treating soldiers wounded in World War I, he pioneered many techniques in plastic and cosmetic surgery that are still in use today. Later, noting that he was performing a lot of reconstructive surgery on crash victims, Straith successfully urged automakers to use safety glass and remove dangerous projections from the interiors of their cars. There are some 6,000 to 7,000 specialists in plastic surgery among the more than 690,000 physicians and surgeons in the U.S. practicing out of some of the nearly 222,000 physicians' offices across the country. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at

Sources: NAICS 6211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: July 29, 2014