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September 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, St. Luke's Medical Center, and the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;60(3):316-333. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00720010325006

THE EXTERNAL ear, or auricle, when well shaped and attached to the side of the face at a suitable angle, can be a feature of definite beauty. But when it is too large and lacking in harmonious lines, there is usually at the same time undue prominence, all of which creates an unattractive excrescence and detracts from the appearance of the head from all points of view, whether front, side, or back.

From the standpoint of correction of conspicuous ears, the question of interest is why some persons are apparently unconscious of the size and position of their ears, while to others they may be a source of deep emotional disturbance. Here one must necessarily consider the personality of the person to find the answer, unless there is a specific social or economic loss experienced, as in difficulty in finding employment from the effect of what may in reality be

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