Cowasjee, a man who had his nose reconstructed with the aid of plastic surgery. Stipple engraving by W. Nutter, 1795, after J. Wales.
- Wales, James, 1746 or 1747-1795.
- 1 January 1795
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On 9 October 1794, an operation to replace the nose, at that point no longer practised in the West, was reported in the Gentleman's Magazine. Cowasjee, a Mahratta, who had served in the British army as a bullock driver, was captured by Tipu Sultan and mutilated by having his nose and one of his hands cut off. The nose was replaced from a flap of skin brought down from the forehead to cover the mutilated nose, an operation thought to have been practised for centuries in India