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Prominent ears: a European perspective

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7021.1715 (Published 23 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1715
  1. J Hamish,
  2. E Laing

    Otoplasty is popular in the United Kingdom to relieve the teasing that prominent ears provoke. “Bat ears,” “wing nut,” and “Dumbo” are common in the English vernacular. In China, physiognomists consider that prominent ears indicate the need “to draw on inner reserves of strength and ability,”1 and Hindus find them desirable because of …

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