The facial prosthetics of World War I

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  • Opublikowany 8 lis 2018
  • Why World War I's wounded needed a sculptor.
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    World War I’s horrors not only resulted in death, but severe disfigurement. When plastic surgeons were unable to heal the wounded, a unique solution came in play: sculpting.
    Facial prostheses in World War I were a new solution to a difficult problem, and sculptor and writer Anna Coleman Ladd led these efforts for the American Red Cross in France. She made more than 150 masks for the wounded in an effort to provide some semblance of normalcy after their severe injuries.
    These masks were made by making casts of the wounded faces, and then sculpting restored faces from that. Those sculptures were then used as a cast for thin copper-plated attachments, which were then attached to the wounded soldier’s face and painted. Though the process wasn’t restorative, it did provide some comfort to the wounded.
    That experience shaped Anna Coleman Ladd’s art as well. When she returned to America, she was willing to depict the horrors of war in her War Memorial, as well as the possibility for a new and better day ahead. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
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Komentarze • 1 396

  • Aaron Kai Macdonald
    Aaron Kai Macdonald Dzień temu

    1:37 that drawing looks like the guy in Facade

  • Ian Muessig
    Ian Muessig 2 dni temu

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

  • Danial XIV
    Danial XIV 3 dni temu

    Back when you cant do plastic surgery

  • Zach Love
    Zach Love 4 dni temu


  • Wolfieee
    Wolfieee 4 dni temu

    And now we just want bigger parts while other people dont have the money to remove open tumors and stuff like that,oh humanity......

  • Stefan Rijos
    Stefan Rijos 4 dni temu

    Oh boy

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 4 dni temu

    Us women 🧘🏾‍♀️

  • AppleRain
    AppleRain 5 dni temu +1

    Thats so sad

  • Angel.Pique 3
    Angel.Pique 3 5 dni temu

    All because a guy took a wrong turn

  • Kinshara Butoudan
    Kinshara Butoudan 5 dni temu

    Oh man I appreciate people doing prosthodontics but I myself am not interested in doing it. But here I am doing it God knows why. I hate my life

  • Ramon de Boer
    Ramon de Boer 5 dni temu

    How do you get that urban ambiance background music?

  • Tyler Paul
    Tyler Paul 6 dni temu

    Ahh yes the famous battle of some

  • GameGuy
    GameGuy 6 dni temu

    Me n the boys on the way to the store to pick up a new face

  • Y.Yvette L
    Y.Yvette L 7 dni temu

    PLclip are you happy now?? You've been recommending this video for a month now.
    Anyway very interesting vid.

  • Chloede
    Chloede 7 dni temu

    My great great uncle died at the battle of the Somme in 1916. He was 100 years older than me and was only 19 when he died. It’s unimaginable to think the things he and all soldiers went through. He doesn’t have a grave, like many others we can only assume his body’s was never found. His name is however on the Thiepval Memorial. 5 days after he died his brother, my great great grandad, also died. I only found out about them a year ago and I’ll do my best to make sure they’re never forgotten!!

  • Cusi
    Cusi 8 dni temu

    Really Interesting. Awful editing.

  • Larciell
    Larciell 8 dni temu +1

    There is nothing glorious about soldiers, nothing glorious about war. Just horror. Videos like these are an important reminder.

  • Stamped Together
    Stamped Together 8 dni temu

    After the war my great grandfather had severe epilepsy and fell over with his face landing into the fireplace, he wasn’t able to move until my great grandmother found him in horror, he survived but the burns were so horrific most of his face needed a prosthetic cover. I never met him but I remember seeing photos of his plastic surgery face.

  • Keelan Murphy
    Keelan Murphy 9 dni temu

    This reminded me of the saga of Richard harrow, making this video even more depressing

  • seses 39
    seses 39 9 dni temu

    "at sum" no it's som

  • English Cloud
    English Cloud 9 dni temu +1

    We all remember those who died in the battles- those who’s suffering ended there. We all seen to forget those who’s war continued after 1918.

  • Ambar Lin
    Ambar Lin 9 dni temu

    Very impressive

  • bigtimezeus 67
    bigtimezeus 67 9 dni temu

    At 2 am this gave me chills

  • Diego Miranda
    Diego Miranda 10 dni temu +1

    That medal on the right at 0:09 is the 8th prestige badge from Morden warfare 2.

  • jeronim selles
    jeronim selles 10 dni temu

    The only vox we like (Spanish will understand)

  • Wert
    Wert 10 dni temu

    I thought this was going to be about spies

  • Blue Panda
    Blue Panda 10 dni temu

    It wasn’t a good idea to watch this right before I wanted to go to bed, now I’m afraid of the next war

  • cyx x
    cyx x 10 dni temu +2

    man this is so interesting i need an hour long documentary

  • Aakash Nai
    Aakash Nai 10 dni temu +1

    0:32 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱
    Sorry, But I m dead.

  • andykmpark
    andykmpark 10 dni temu

    choice of background music is so baaad it’s so disturbing

  • bitTorrenter
    bitTorrenter 10 dni temu

    At "Sum"? Er, no.

  • Kerosene Sandoval
    Kerosene Sandoval 11 dni temu

    Whats the song? Pls

  • Seander
    Seander 11 dni temu

    Amazing work thanks.

  • Xill1x
    Xill1x 11 dni temu

    Boardwalk Empire anyone?

  • Melissa Deborah
    Melissa Deborah 11 dni temu +4

    I don't get why you tried making this spooky with the music and the editing.
    Shes a hero to these people. She did one of the most honest things ever, and you have to be out here making her and these people sound like creeps.

    • killyourshootas
      killyourshootas 10 dni temu

      Or he just wanted to make the editing a little different, he did compliment her work throughout the video but okay

  • José Silva
    José Silva 11 dni temu +2

    Boardwalk Empire brought me here :)

  • Katilina W
    Katilina W 11 dni temu

    And we have never done better only worse. Hmmm.

  • joseph Ivernel
    joseph Ivernel 11 dni temu

    There is a french movie on it (partly) which is called « au-revoir là-haut ». It’s also a tremendous book.

  • The FBI
    The FBI 12 dni temu

    Ahaha how he said somme

  • Princess Charming
    Princess Charming 12 dni temu +1

    Why am I watching this

  • Ivy Deermother
    Ivy Deermother 12 dni temu +1

    Sorry but these are so cool but so creepy

  • Maximum Melody
    Maximum Melody 12 dni temu

    Proof art is amazing for more reasons than just being pretty. The birth of prosthetics.🥰

  • Thomas Hull
    Thomas Hull 13 dni temu +2

    The editing and writing matched up in a way that was really really cool

  • Elli Taylor
    Elli Taylor 13 dni temu

    2:39 he has got to be gwilym Lee's great great something

  • Elli Taylor
    Elli Taylor 13 dni temu +10

    My right ear started to hurt while watching this

  • GDUDEify
    GDUDEify 14 dni temu


  • Louise Chang
    Louise Chang 14 dni temu

    Reminds me of Dr Isabel Maru from Wonder Woman, anybody else?

  • YoutubeTM algorithm
    YoutubeTM algorithm 17 dni temu +1

    World War 1 was much much more terrible than ww2

  • Death Star Bricks FR
    Death Star Bricks FR 18 dni temu +1

    War isn't a wright thing, but those prosthetics are kinda cool. They are technically cyborgs.

  • Saturn
    Saturn 19 dni temu

    Now i understand why that woman was wearing that face mask in Wonder Woman.

  • Hope J
    Hope J 20 dni temu

    I shall never sleep again after this video made me google the faces without the masks. *insert full-body shudder here*

  • erika york
    erika york 21 dzień temu

    Oooo disturbing

  • Kirthi Rao
    Kirthi Rao 23 dni temu

    If the attachments were made of metal (like copper) then wouldn't hot days be painful? Or was this answered somewhere?

  • Hillary Black
    Hillary Black 23 dni temu

    This is the kind of content Vox should stick to.

  • UnfinishedRiot
    UnfinishedRiot 24 dni temu

    The pictures weren't shown on the video long enough, I couldn't see them well. Please don't flash images like that.

  • The Babscast
    The Babscast 24 dni temu

    Kyle rowland

  • PocoLoco
    PocoLoco 24 dni temu

    You said Somme as sum ........ bruh

  • FBI Raid Force
    FBI Raid Force 25 dni temu

    0:41 I swear that’s a bt5 or bt7

  • Bryan Fury
    Bryan Fury 25 dni temu +2

    Wow wonder woman actually got this accurate

  • klarenz cobie
    klarenz cobie 25 dni temu

    The music is creepy...

  • Murphy M
    Murphy M 25 dni temu

    Somme is pronounced “soome”. Not “some”.

  • Mariana-ly Mi-amour
    Mariana-ly Mi-amour 26 dni temu

    The music is kinda scary doe

  • Gretta Clarkson
    Gretta Clarkson 26 dni temu

    Hey, at least they got a sick mustache out of it

  • Watch Me Do
    Watch Me Do 26 dni temu +1

    This was so, so important for so many people and helped pave the way for reconstructive surgery today.

  • Arthur Morgan
    Arthur Morgan 26 dni temu +5

    ‘Only the dead saw the end of wars.’

  • Spearmint Flavoured
    Spearmint Flavoured 26 dni temu +3

    He called the somme “the sum”

  • anonymous
    anonymous 26 dni temu

    War ends but the effects linger for long .

  • Irish Legend
    Irish Legend 26 dni temu

    It's pronounced som not some. Please say it properly.
    My great grandfather and his brothers died there when they left to go there with the 36th ulster division to fight for their right to remain in the U.K.

  • Kat Dubs
    Kat Dubs 27 dni temu

    This is so dark and I don’t wanna watch it but I can’t stop watching

  • Austin T.
    Austin T. 27 dni temu

    WwI is not known for tanks, just for the first tank.

  • RandomBeast
    RandomBeast 27 dni temu

    This is unsettling..-

  • LongRodVanHughenDong
    LongRodVanHughenDong 27 dni temu

    This video slaps hard

  • Bridget Walker
    Bridget Walker 27 dni temu

    I would totally see this if it were a movie.

  • Saachi Saachi
    Saachi Saachi 27 dni temu

    Wot a MAD *LADD*

  • KURTlikesSTUFF
    KURTlikesSTUFF 27 dni temu

    Is it just me or the only one hearing creeper noises