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December 28, 2010

De Curtorum Chirurgia Per Insitionem

Describing operations for soldiers whose faces had been wounded in battle, Gaspare Tagliacozzi's The Surgery of Defects by Implantations was published in 1597.

The tome, which is written in Latin, is illustrated with diagrams, including the rhinoplasty, in which the patient's nose was attached to a flap of skin from his upper arm.

In one plate, the patient is seen in bed with his forearm attached to his head and a flap of skin from his bicep region stuck onto his nose. The book tells how he stayed like that for about three weeks until the skin from his arm had attached itself properly.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 28, 2010 07:07 AM