Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
A botched nose job was the impetus behind Flesh Wounds:
The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery. The author, Virginia Blum, is trying
to make sense of her traumatic adolescent experience in light of her current
desire for facial "rejuvenation." Drawing on her knowledge of literature and
film, this English professor offers analyses of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Fay Weldon's Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Ovid's Pygmalion and the Statue, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, the classic Twilight Zone episodes
"The Eye of the Beholder" and "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You," and the
makeover stories of Elizabeth Taylor in Ash Wednesday and
Barbra Streisand in The Mirror Has Two Faces, among
Sullivan D. Cosmesis. JAMA. 2004;292(6):743–744. doi:10.1001/jama.292.6.743-b
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