Facial plast Surg 2017; 33(04): 367-371
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603787
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Nose and Identity

Egbert H. Huizing
1  Em. Prof. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Publication Date:
28 July 2017 (online)


This article explores the significance of the nose in daily human life. It presents examples of how a person's nose may dominate his/her life, how it is used as a nickname, considered an expression of his/her character, and may be a symbol of pride and wisdom. Also, examples from the literature and the arts are discussed. Cutting off the nose is the most severe humiliation as it deprives a person from his/her identity. In some cases in history the nose has been a means of identification.