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Race and ethnicity in nasal plastic surgery: a need for science

Leong, S. C. and Eccles, Ronald 2010. Race and ethnicity in nasal plastic surgery: a need for science. Facial Plastic Surgery 26 (2) , pp. 63-68. 10.1055/s-0030-1253505

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Race and ethnicity have no scientific or anthropologic validity, yet nasal plastic surgeons continue to categorize patient demographic variables according to racial and ethnic lines. The aim of this article is to discuss the problems of using race and ethnicity as demographic variables in nasal surgery. It is important to define the population demographics in any surgical study, but race and ethnicity are categories without any scientific basis. The nasal index or other anthropometric objective measures of the external nose may be used as discriminators of variation for studies in rhinology, but more studies are required to define their clinical relevance and usefulness in plastic surgery. The article critically examines the use of racial/ethnic categories and anthropometric measurements in nasal plastic surgery.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Uncontrolled Keywords: race; ethnicity; rhinology; nasal index; anthropometry rhinoplasty
Publisher: Thieme
ISSN: 0736-6825
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:31

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