New Zealand-born plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe was ground-breaking in his field. McIndoe was civilian consultant in plastic surgery to the RAF and his improvement on treatments to casualties disfigured by horrific burns received in combat transformed reconstructive surgery procedures. He was knighted for his work in 1948 and died in 1960. His patients were a tight-knit group dubbed The Guinea Pig Club. The Guinea Pig Club: Archibald McIndoe and the RAF in WW2 is a book by military medical historian Dr Emily Mayhew, a research fellow at London's Imperial College.