Horace Castelli – Opium smokers dreaming, illustration from ‘Journal des Voyages’, 27th January 1878
Scalpels, quills and no pain relief: Gruesome procedures outlined in 19th century surgical guide to nose jobs
One of the earliest books in English detailing the science of cosmetic surgery for noses has been unearthed at a house clearance. The book is called Surgical Observations On The Restoration Of The Nose; And On The removal Of Polypi And Other Tumours From The Nostrils. It was written by a surgeon for surgeons and is a guide on how to carry out the procedures. The author, John Stevenson, published the work in 1833 and translated the first part from a German text by a Dr Dieffenbach.