We must remember the Tin Nose Men.
Huge advances in plastic surgery took place during World War I because so many men came back with parts of their faces blown off. Surgeons learned how to re-construct something resembling what the man looked like before – often based on molds these farsighted soldiers had made before heading to the front, in case of this eventuality.
The problem was, plastic surgery took time. Facial tissue shrinks as it heals, so repeated work was necessary to build up the contours; in the meantime, these maimed soldiers wore tin replicas of their features often made from these same molds, for months and months.
And we’re not talking about just a few men – tens of thousands suffered these injuries; it was not possible to walk through London without encountering several tin nose men, looking either like the Phantom of the Opera or wearing a pair of glasses with nose attached like a party costume.
Few exhibits of these prosthesis are available in museums because they were buried with the men when they died; thus a strange reality of wartime life has been forgotten.
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