Venus Envy

Venus Envy
A History of Cosmetic Surgery
Elizabeth Haiken

Editorial Reviews

Cosmetic Surgery lies at the nexus of medicine and consumer culture," says University of Tennessee Historian, Elizabeth Haiken. In Venus Envy, she looks at this peculiar American medical specialty as it has developed over the 20th century. Doctors wanted power and control to only perform surgery for medical reasons; while patients--or consumers--wanted to alter their appearance as they saw fit, without much regard for the usual standards of medical necessity. Haiken documents this struggle in scientific debate, medical records, women's magazines, and the faces of celebrities like Fanny Brice, Michael Jackson and Cher. In the end, cosmetic surgery has become an accepted tool in the American drive toward self-definition. "Surgeons and patients are confident that by altering individual facial configurations cosmetic surgery can confer a wide range of benefits that together add up to the American dream--and they are right. -Amazon

I'm not a history buff, but for those of you who are the reviews indicate that this book is a one of a kind offering of how the growth industry of cosmetic surgery came to be the billion dollar enterprise it is today. TBS


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