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November 1942

EXTERNAL NASAL DEFORMITIES AND METHODS USED IN THEIR REPAIR

Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;36(5):619-628. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.03760050009001
Abstract

The nose is such a conspicuous feature that its detormities and their corrections naturally arouse an appreciable general interest. Recently, however, that interest has been unduly intensified by ill advised articles on plastic surgery in some lay magazines and in the Sunday supplements of some metropolitan newspapers. Thus the public has become "nose conscious," and I fear that in too many instances emphasis has been placed on the repair of insignificant deformities in hypersensitive, introspective persons. I refer especially to minor abnormalities in the contour of the alar cartilages which, after operative procedures by insufficiently skilled surgeons, have been converted not infrequently into actual deformities of varying degrees, thus giving such patients ample justification for remaining in the "dissatisfied throng." This situation needs to be combated more efficiently by ethical plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Real nasal deformities, however, are numerous; the problems encountered in their correction are intensely interesting, and

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