Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Scalpels, quills and no pain relief: Gruesome procedures outlined in 19th century surgical guide to nose jobs

One of the earliest books in English detailing the science of cosmetic surgery for noses has been unearthed at a house clearance. The book is called Surgical Observations On The Restoration Of The Nose; And On The removal Of Polypi And Other Tumours From The Nostrils. It was written by a surgeon for surgeons and is a guide on how to carry out the procedures. The author, John Stevenson, published the work in 1833 and translated the first part from a German text by a Dr Dieffenbach. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1373204/Scalpels-quills-pain-relief-Gruesome-procedures-outlined-19th-century-surgical-guide-nose-jobs.html#ixzz1IdH4qEdT

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