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31 December 2010
Rhinoplasty - 1597
I am recurrently startled by flashes of medical brilliance in ancient times. That was the case this week when I read about De Curtorum Chirurgia Per Insitionem (The Surgery of Defects by Implantations), written in 1597 by Gaspare Tagliacozzi, professor or surgery and anatomy at the University of Bologna.
The tome, which is written in Latin, is illustrated with diagrams, including the rhinoplasty, in which the patient's nose was attached to a flap of skin from his upper arm. In one plate, the patient is seen in bed with his forearm attached to his head and a flap of skin from his bicep region stuck onto his nose.