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Rhinoplasty and the nose in early modern British medicine and culture

Cock, Emily 2019. Rhinoplasty and the nose in early modern British medicine and culture. Social Histories of Medicine, Manchester University Press.

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Abstract

Challenging histories of plastic surgery that posit a complete disappearance of Gaspare Tagliacozzi's rhinoplasty operation after his death in 1599, Rhinoplasty and the nose in early modern British medicine and culture traces knowledge of the procedure within the early modern British medical community, through to its impact on the nineteenth-century revival of skin-flap facial surgeries. The book explores why such a procedure was controversial, and the cultural importance of the nose, offering critical readings of literary noses from Shakespeare to Laurence Sterne. Medical knowledge of the graft operation was accompanied by a spurious story that the nose would be constructed from flesh purchased from a social inferior, and would drop off when that person died. The volume therefore explores this narrative in detail for its role in the procedure's stigmatisation, its engagement with the doctrine of medical sympathy, and its unique attempt to commoditise living human flesh.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526137166
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 12:45
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/126265

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