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August 11, 1999

Aesthetic SurgeryCreating Beauty to Cure the Soul: Race and Psychology in the Shaping of Aesthetic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;282(6):591. doi:10.1001/jama.282.6.591

This review is written from America's capital of aesthetic surgery, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif. Newspapers here are bursting with ads for every possible type of aesthetic surgery, often featuring glamorous photos of the tanned, handsome surgeons. Restaurants are full of surgically created beautiful starlet-types with improbable bosoms. Plastic surgery "junkies" are everywhere and keep coming back for more; unhappy ones have been known to murder their plastic surgeons. What better setting in which to review this book, which discusses what it all means.

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