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November 7, 1885

OPERATION FOR MALFORMED AURICLE.

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SURGEON TO THE ILLINOIS CHARITABLE EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY AND SOUTH SIDE FREE DISPENSARY.

JAMA. 1885;V(19):512-513. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391180008002c
Abstract

On July 11th, 1885, Nettie H., eight years old, presented herself at my clinic at the Infirmary and said she "wanted her ears put back." Both auricles were so abnormally prominent as to mar materially the symmetry of a very shapely face and head. The left auricle, which was the more unsightly, projected one and one-fourth inches at a right angle from the junction of the auricle with the mastoid process, and then bent forwards; thus forming what is facetiously termed "lop-ear," or "dog-ear." The natural elevations and depressions were obliterated, and the organ presented the appearance of having been flattened by the pressure of the head in sleep on an auricle folded forward upon itself. The right ear projected one inch, but was not as imperfectly shaped as the left one. At first I contemplated moulding the auricle into shape in a dressing of plaster of Paris, which would

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