The increased interest in the pathology and treatment, including operative procedures, of the nasal septum since 1902 seems to justify a review of the subject in order that erroneous conceptions then held can be righted, that the best advice for the patient's welfare can be given, and that the best operative procedures with fewest postoperative drawbacks, dangers and discomforts, can be promulgated. It is time, too, that absolutely impartial judgment be passed as to what is best and what is not best for the future of nasal surgery. Every operator, in the light of extended experience, has corrected faulty impressions and certain operative steps that have not stood the test of time.
EVOLUTION OF THE RESECTION METHOD
It was formerly the custom to place a saw either above or below a spur or acute bend in the cartilaginous
PURCELL CE. THE SUBMUCOUS RESECTION OF THE NASAL SEPTUM. JAMA. 1910;55(17):1446-1449. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330170026009