History of the Aesthetic Surgery of the Ear

  • Jack E. Davis
  • Horacio H. Hernandez


Aesthetics is a relative term. The concept of beauty with regard to the ear has changed with time and place. Buddhas have been modeled, and the monoliths of aristocrats of Easter Island with enormous ears as a sign of distinction. The old Inca guards of honor were the orejones. Captain Cook (33) described natives of New Guinea carrying knives in their earlobes. Prominent ears are a sign of success and opulence in Japan today. The organ has served to hang varied ornaments. From the most ancient times personality traits have been attributed to ear shape. The clay tablets of the great library of Ashurbanipal (about 650 b.c.), unearthed in Nineveh, Assyria, told that the shape of the ears of a newborn foretold his future character (73). At the close of the last century, Lombroso’s legal medical treatise (77) even described the “congenital criminal” from ear characteristics.


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  • Jack E. Davis
    • 1
  • Horacio H. Hernandez
    • 2
  1. 1.Buenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Buenos AiresArgentina

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