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May 1988

Plastic Surgery Wars-Reply

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(5):579-580. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860170109033

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In Reply.—There does indeed seem to be an element of commercialism in the marketing of facial plastic surgery. I have not observed any evidence that suggests that it began with Dr Anderson's remarks.

As you point out, there would seem to be little statistical validity to the extrapolation of hard conclusions concerning the precise volume of cosmetic surgery desired nationally on the basis of a magazine survey. Clearly, the observation was made tongue-in-cheek, and it is not likely to form the foundation for future professional relationships among important surgical specialties.

I do not have quite the level of astonishment that you express in response to the implication that there could be active solicitation of the public encouraging them to have cosmetic surgery. I assume that such is the purpose of newspaper, magazine, television, radio, and billboard advertising that most of us have seen for several years.

Economic interests and training

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