THE LITERATURE during 1949 and 1950 contains many contributions of interest for otolaryngologists doing facial plastic surgery.
One notes with satisfaction that there is an absence of articles advocating complete removal of the nasal septum, based on the theory that the septum does not provide support for the dorsum of the nose. When this theory, which was dangerous and unsound, was followed, it resulted in a large number of saddle nose deformities. A modification of the principle is still advocated in which a straight piece of septal cartilage is inserted between the mucoperichondrial flaps to provide support for the dorsal line of the nose. This is an old procedure, which is valuable in selected cases, but its use by the occasional operator is not advisable.
There is also an absence of articles advising extensive or complete removal of the nasal septum in growing children, either alone or with a rhinoplasty.
PEER LA, WALKER JC, MARZONI FA. PLASTIC SURGERY DURING THE YEARS 1949 AND 1950. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(5):560–597. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750110096017
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