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October 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Otolaryngology, Chicago Medical School, Cook County Hospital, Cook County Graduate School of Medicine, Illinois Masonic Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;60(4):408-414. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00720010420002

A CONVEX prominence of the dorsum of the nose is referred to as a hump. The term "hump" implies an undesirable projection, and its removal and disposal would therefore appear desirable. Humps are surgically removed for cosmetic reasons by a variety of techniques, all of which follow essentially the principles originally described by Joseph1 at the beginning of the century.

The use of the saw, the chisel, and the biting forceps has been extensively investigated in this connection, but regardless of the method of removal chosen, the surgeon has wished to do away with the hump effectively. This would conclude the discussion, leaving only the choice of patient and method of procedure to be decided; but there are two reasons why this subject cannot be considered closed: (1) the question of complications that sometimes follow hump removal and (2) the question of the function of the dorsum of the

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