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Today in history - 1st plastic surgery is performed in England
1st plastic surgery is performed - 23.10.1814
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1st plastic surgery is performed - 23.10.1814
Today in history - October 23, 1814



Joseph Carpue, a surgeon at Duke of York’s Hospital in Chelsea, England introduces cosmetic surgery to western medicine as he reconstructs the nose of a young soldier. Twenty years earlier, Carpue had read a magazine article describing procedures developed in India to rebuild mutilated noses and had traveled there to learn more about the procedure. Upon returning to England, he decides to try it himself, selecting a patient whose nose had been eaten away by mercury, a treatment for some diseases at the time.

Carpue cuts a strip of skin from the young man’s forehead, twists it, folds it down over the nasal area and sews it into place. For several days, the patient, his face completely bandaged, was required to lay on his back and remain immobile. The operation was considered a great success. Because the flap of skin for the new nose came from the patient himself, his body accepted the graft and there was little scarring.

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