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Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery
Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery by Professor Elizabeth Haiken 0801857635 9780801857638
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Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery by Professor Elizabeth Haiken

Haiken has written a humane, balanced history of cosmetic surgery, drawing with sensitivity and deftness on impressive archival sources, including surgeons folders on prospective patients... Her book is a first-class exercise in medical history, raising intriguing questions about normalization, ideological manipulation, gender, ethnicity, and the profit motive in medicine.--Richard Davenport-Hines, Nature What makes Venus Envy such an enthralling read is that alongside a host of macabre and no--really! stories... there is a hugely intelligent and perceptive analysis of American culture and history going on.-- London Times Face lifts, nose jobs, breast implants, liposuction, collagen injections -- the body at the end of the twentieth century has become endlessly mutable, and surgical alteration has become an accepted part of American culture. 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 social problems. An informative, often engaging account of the history of cosmetic surgery in the United States.-- Parade Magazine Original, well-researched, and a pleasure to read. It constitutes an astute analysis of the modern commodification of the body and the role of the medical profession in such developments. -- Roy Porter, Times Higher Education Supplement This is an important book, raising provocative questions about the ubiquity of cosmetic surgery in our culture... Ill certainly draw on its insights when counseling patients considering cosmetic surgery.--Janet E. Shepherd, M.D., Journal of the American Medical Association An entertaining history and serious analysis of the tensions among professional medicine, entrepreneurial practitioners, and the mutable ideal of beauty that reminds us how unchanging is the American search for self-improvement... If Venus Envy is a history of cosmetic surgery, it is equally a political history of beauty.--Sharon Lieberman, Womens Review of Books

Author: Professor Elizabeth Haiken

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 1997-09-29

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