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Ancient Books About Nose Surgery

August 15, 2012 - admin

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The term rhinoplasty comes from the Greek words ‘rhinos’ meaning nose, and ‘plastikos’ meaning to give shape. Commonly also referred to as cosmetic nose surgery, rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure during which the shape of the nose is modified for aesthetic purposes. It is usually performed either by a cosmetic surgeon, or an appropriately trained ENT surgeon.

Below are some ancient books, which have contributed to the medical science of rhinoplasty:

  • Sushruta Samhita: This treatise on surgery was written in about 500 BC, in India, by Sushruta, who is often regarded as the ‘father of plastic surgery’. In this book, Sushruta describes various nose surgery techniques to reconstruct damaged noses, such as the use of skin from the cheeks, and tubes from the castor oil plant.
  • De Medicina: This book was written by Cornelius Celsus, a Roman physician in around AD 50. It described various techniques for correcting and reconstructing the nose, lips and ears, as well as amputation of damaged parts of the body.
  • Synagogue Medicae: Written by Oribasius, at Byzantium, in about the 4th century AD, this compilation contains information about how to clean damaged bone, use loose sutures, and use autologous skin flaps to repair a damaged nose.
  • Leechbook: Printed in AD 920, this Anglo Saxon physician’s manual explained how to repair a cleft lip, using nose surgery techniques. It also divided treatments into internal and external medicine, and listed herbal remedies.
  • Cerrahiyet-ul-Haniye: This was an Arabic translation of the Sushruta Samhita, which was brought to Europe, through Persia and Egypt. It was written in the 15th century by Serafeddin Sabuncuoglu, and contained medical illustrations that explained how to perform different types of nose surgery.
  • Curtorum Chirurgia Per Insitionem: Translated into ‘The Surgery of Defects by Implantations’, this book was published in Italy in 1597. Written by Gasparo Tagliacozzi, a professor of surgery at Bologna University, this book contains discussed reconstruction rhinoplasty using muscle flaps; nose incisions, and shaping of grafts transplanted in the nose during rhinoplasty.

Situated in central London, ENT London is a premier ENT clinic that specialises in rhinoplasty. The highly skilled team of ENT surgeons at ENT London are amongst the best ENT specialists, not just in London, but the whole of the United Kingdom. They are all registered with the UK General Medical Council, and are committed to providing the highest level of patient care in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

ENT London is one of UK’s leading rhinoplasty clinics, and can be contacted on 0207 580 6970.

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