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Venus envy : a history of cosmetic surgery

Author: Elizabeth Haiken
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView 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
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Haiken, Elizabeth.
Venus envy.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605283683
Online version:
Haiken, Elizabeth.
Venus envy.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)631836573
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Haiken
ISBN: 0801857635 9780801857638 080186254X 9780801862540
OCLC Number: 36900884
Description: ix, 370 pages : illustrations ; 24 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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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  Read more...

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Part history, part cultural/economic analysis, it explains better than anything else I've read what made American society so vulnerable to the seduction of the knife and the tyranny of visual Read more...

 
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