The Evolution of Reconstructive Surgery of the Nose

Professor Dr Claus Walter delivered his Semon Lecture on the 5th of November 1987 at the Royal Society of Medicine. Walter explored the history of rhinoplasty, from the ancient Egyptians and Indians and their innovative nasal reconstructive surgery to the modern aesthetic rhinoplasty pioneered by John Roe.

Journal article version of the lecture

Claus Walter was born on the 10th of March in Upper Silesia, at the time part of the German Empire but now Poland. During his career, he studied and worked all over the world, including in America and Europe. He pioneered a number of facial plastic surgery techniques, including composite grafting, that would go on to become standard practice in rhinoplasty.


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