Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Hindu method:

A portrait and article from 1793 about a surgery performed on a 32 year old man named Cowasjee (or kawasji) in India. 
Cowasjee was taken prisoner while serving in the British army and ended up having his nose and one of his hands cut off, which was a usual form punishment in India at the time. 
A year later, a surgery was performed, a skin grafting process that came to be known as ‘the Hindu method’. Skin was taken from his forehead and shaped using a wax mold to construct a new nose. Europe began using this method soon after as it was superior to any surgery they had at the time.The article was written by two British doctors working in India. They detailed what they had observed and it was later printed in London.

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