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Venus envy : a history of cosmetic surgery

Author: Elizabeth Haiken
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Johns Hopkins paperbacks edView all editions and formats
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In Venus Envy, Elizabeth Haiken traces the quest for physical perfection through surgery from the turn of the century to the present. Drawing on a wide array of sources - personal accounts, medical records, popular magazines, medical journals, and beauty guides - Haiken reveals how our culture came to see cosmetic surgery as a panacea for both individual and societal problems. As Americans and their surgeons linked
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Haiken
ISBN: 080186254X 9780801862540
OCLC Number: 46627684
Description: ix, 370 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: present at the re-creation --
1. Plastic surgery before and after --
2. The specialty takes shape --
3. Consumer culture and the inferiority complex --
4. The lifting of the middle class: aging in post-World War II America --
5. The Michael Jackson factor: race, ethnicity, and cosmetic surgery --
6. Beauty and the breast --
Epilogue: The eye of the beholder.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Haiken.

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