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Artificial nose, Europe, 1601-1800

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Prosthetic noses were largely for show and this one would have been an expensive purchase beyond the means of most people. Common causes of nose injury were warfare and syphilis (a sexually transmitted infection that can eventually cause the bridge of the nose to collapse). It is unclear how the nose was to be worn but it was possibly fixed to any remaining nasal structure.

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A641037

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Glossary:

Glossary: nose

The prominent part of the face or anterior extremity of the head that lies above the mouth containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ.

Glossary: artificial nose

An artificial device to replace part or all of a missing nose.

Glossary: syphilis

A sexually transmitted infection resulting in the formation of lesions throughout the body.

Glossary: sexually transmitted infection

Any disease transmitted by sexual intercourse. STIs include HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhoea, some chlamydia infections and genital herpes.

Glossary: prostheses

Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).