Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Elizabeth Haiken, 370 pp, with illus, $24.95, ISBN 0-8018-5763-5, Baltimore, Md, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
The controversy over silicone breast implants has riveted the attention of physicians and consumers alike. Implicit in the issues being raised are deeper questions about the ready acceptance of cosmetic surgery in contemporary America. How important is physical beauty to success and psychological health in our society? What is beauty? Do racism and sexism inform our definition? And what is the role of the medical profession in helping healthy patients achieve this elusive goal?
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