Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery

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Johns Hopkins University Press, Feb 1, 2000 - Medical - 384 pages

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.

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An entertaining and enlightening history of how the practice of cosmetic surgery has been shaped by the priorities and demands of 20th-century American culture as much as by those of the medical ... Read full review

Venus envy: a history of cosmetic surgery

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Haiken (history,. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) tracks the evolution of plastic surgery in America from early attempts during World War I to the numerous varieties of cosmetic surgery available today ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Elizabeth Haiken is an assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia.

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