16th-Century Nose Jobs Were Both Gross And Dangerous
This outdated rhinoplasty procedure was detailed in a 1597 book by Gaspare Tagliacozzi, a professor of surgery and anatomy at the University of Bologna. It was primarily used to reconstruct noses for patients who had been wounded. Descriptions of the surgery were written and diagrammed in Latin, alongside illustrations of surgical tools and other treatments for the ears and lips.
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People underwent "nose jobs" in the 16th century primarily because of nose loss. (0:13)
Tycho Brahe wore an artificial nose after losing his nose in a fight over a mathematical formula. (0:27)
Those who received a 16th-century rhinoplasty had to attach their arm to their face for about two weeks. (1:25)