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Books, Journals, New Media
August 11, 2004


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(6):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.292.6.743-b

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 others.