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Operative surgery can do so much to relieve disfiguring nasal deformities that perhaps the topic will prove interesting for discussion at this representative meeting. The medical profession fails to fully realize that nearly all undesirable distortions of the nose can be improved or entirely corrected by cosmetic operation. It is, therefore, not astonishing that many persons remain in constant unhappiness because of the consciousness that a congenital or accidental disfigurement is the occasion of impolite stare or impertinent remark.
Operations, often quite trivial, change noses notable for ugliness into organs of symmetrical lines. Such cosmetic improvement naturally makes the patient happier in mind; and not infrequently improves physical health as well, by restoring the normal respiratory and vocal functions of the nasal chambers. Even when more extensive, such operations, if properly performed, carry with them no risk to life. Hæmorrhage of serious kind and violent inflammation are practically unknown; and
ROBERTS JB. THE COSMETIC SURGERY OF THE NOSE. Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(8):231–233. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420080025001i
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