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May 1988

Plastic Surgery Wars

Author Affiliations

Downey, Calif

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(5):579. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860170109032

To the Editor.—I laud Dr Jack Anderson's professed goal of ending the plastic surgery wars in his commentary in the Archives.1 Certainly, as he concludes, it is not an impossible dream for men of good will. I do take issue, however, with his proposed solution, for it betrays what is really wrong with cosmetic surgery today. The so-called turf wars are an embarrassment to all and unseemly behavior for professionals of dignity, but the real subject of our concern should be the well-being of our patients. They care not a whit about our squabbles, but want only quality care. How is a poor patient to select a well-trained surgeon from the advice available through media ballyhoo? The biggest advertisements, the fanciest office, the slickest sales force, or the presence of a celebrity in the waiting room are poor criteria from which to select a surgeon.

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