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making the body beautiful history of aesthetic surgeryTitle: Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery

Author: Sander L. Gilman
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Pub. Date: October 2000
ISBN-13: 9780691070537

Quotes An extraordinarily learned, endlessly fascinating book that deals with a hot contemporary subject. Elaine Showalter, Princeton University

This work is wide-ranging, well-informed, and stimulating in its scholarship. It's also provocative--not in the sense of being outrageous, unbalanced, or politically incorrect but in challenging conventional thinking and forcing readers to question their unspoken assumptions. I found this an engrossing read. Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London

Sander Gilman has delivered exactly what the title promises: a cultural history of his subject. By trawling a remarkably wide range of material, from surgical papers to novels, high art and films, he has produced a nuanced history of an important discipline within modern surgery. As with all of Gilman's work, the marriage of text and image contributes much to the impact of this major contribution to our understanding of that most welcome intimate of subjects: the history of the body. W. F. Bynum, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London

Sander Gilman has done it again. This is a splendid book, rich in interpretation and rich with references. The European aspect of the history of cosmetic surgery has not been so fully developed before Gilman brought together the cultural and the medical parts of the story. His wide-ranging references are themselves are worth the price of admission. Gert H. Brieger, Johns Hopkins University

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From The Publisher: Around the globe, aesthetic surgery has become a cultural and medical fixture. Sander Gilman seeks to explain why by presenting the first systematic world history and cultural theory of aesthetic surgery. Touching on subjects as diverse as getting a "nose job" as a sweet-sixteen birthday present and the removal of male breasts in seventh-century Alexandria, Gilman argues that aesthetic surgery has such universal appeal because it helps people to "pass," to be seen as a member of a group with which they want to or need to identify. The book draws on an extraordinary range of sources. Gilman is as comfortable discussing Nietzsche, Yeats, and Darwin as he is grisly medical details, Michael Jackson, and Barbra Streisand's decision to keep her own nose. The book contains dozens of arresting images of people before, during, and after surgery. This is a profound, provocative, and engaging study of how humans have sought to change their lives by transforming their bodies. ?

From Publishers Weekly:?[Gilman's] fast-paced narrative blends cultural criticism with discussion of medical techniques and ethics in a thoughtful study that should appeal to both a lay and professional readership. ?

From Library Journal:?Gilman, a distinguished professor of human biology at the University of Chicago, has drawn on a rich variety of sources surgical texts as well as literature, art, and film to trace the history and the cultural meaning of aesthetic surgery. His story begins with the Renaissance, when the focus on the human ability to transform the self and the world created the distinction between reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. In addition to undoing the ravages of disease, Gilman identifies other motives for aesthetic surgery: matching cultural ideals of beauty, repairing the impact of war-related injuries, and appearing youthful or erotic. Most disturbing are Gilmans wide-ranging examples of how aesthetic surgery has been used to correct signs of racial difference. Gilman brings his story to the present, discussing liposuction, breast enlargement and reduction, and transsexual surgery. He also gives examples from non-Western regions, reflecting the globalization of European American standards of beauty. A fascinating and provocative book that should appeal to scholars and informed general readers alike. Highly recommended. Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ ?

From Publisher's Weekly - Publishers Weekly:?An intriguing inquiry into how aesthetic surgery has evolved into a major area of modern medicine, this book combines cultural perspectives on the body beautiful with a medical chronology. Gilman (Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul, etc.), who teaches human biology at the University of Chicago, focuses extensively on the nose as the original site of aesthetic procedures. He simultaneously explores "the basic motivation for aesthetic surgery--the desire to `pass,'" starting with 16th-century surgery to rebuild the noses of syphilitics "so they would be less visible in their society"--and its cultural implications. Early debate centered on whether surgery restored function or merely catered to human vanity. The "hierarchy of races" created by some scientists in the 18th century inspired procedures to create "American noses out of Irish pug noses," while "the origin of the `correction' of the black nose is masked within medical literature [because] no reputable surgeon wanted to be seen as facilitating crossing the color bar." Gilman discusses political uses of aesthetic surgery, such as that of the Nazis to achieve the Aryan ideal, the transformation of former Klan Grand Wizard David Duke into what one commentator called "a blond, blow-dried replica of a young Robert Redford," transsexual surgery to permit "restoration of the relationship between the inner and outer selves" and aesthetic surgery as a fountain of youth. His fast-paced narrative blends cultural criticism with discussion of medical techniques and ethics in a thoughtful study that should appeal to both a lay and professional readership. Photos not seen by PW. (May)

From Kirkus:?From rebuilding syphilis-ravaged noses in the 1600s to the current rage for breast sculpting, this is an enlightening consideration of how aesthetic surgery arises from and is shaped by cultural concerns of the age. University of Chicago professor Gilman (The Jew's Body, not reviewed; Smart Jews: The Construction of the Image of Jewish Superior Intelligence, 1996) clearly differentiates aesthetic from other types of plastic surgery: reconstructive, for instance, restores function, while ``the name aesthetic surgery seems to be a label for those procedures which society at any given time sees as unnecessary, as non-medical, as a sign of vanity''. He identifies the roots of such procedures in the syphilis epidemic of the 15th century. The disease caused the nose to collapse in on the face, so the first nose re-sculptings were devised to repair the obvious marker and stigma of having syphilis. Gilman goes on to look at ``The Racial Nose'' (Jewish, Irish, Asian, and black): there was a notion of 18th and early 19th century anthropology that Jewish and black noses indicated a "primitive" character. Similarly, he traces changes in the significance of the breast; at the turn of this century, large breasts were considered "primitive," small breasts were considered "modern"; only after WWII, he notes, did breast augmentation surgery overtake breast reductions. Gilman also considers how the ideal profile has changed with the ages, and how the treatment of war injuries has influenced aesthetic surgery. Gilman is not trying for a comprehensive survey of the field-rather, he follows certain threads through history with the goal-fully accomplished-of awakening readers' interest. A scholarly, if quirky, look that serves as a history of our notions about the body and the significance of its parts.

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Title: New Body in One Day: The Complete Guide to One-Day Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Author: Robert Yoho, Judith Brandy, Terri Mandell (Editor)
Publisher: First House Press
Date Published: January 1997
ISBN-13: 9780962306266
A detailed guide written in a format that enables readers to locate exact information. Explores areas, not covered in other books, such as Demystifying the Consent Form, The Psychology of Cosmetic Surgery, and How to Choose a Doctor. Includes a reference list with suggested reading, sources for additional information, and referrals to research documents.

Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: After Plastic Surgery: Adaptation & Adjustment
Frances M. Cooke Macgregor
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Date Published:
August 1979




Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: Are You Considering Cosmetic Surgery?

Author:  Arthur William Perry
Publisher:  Avon Books
Date Published:  September 1997
ISBN-13: 9780380791590
Cosmetic surgery is one of the most popular ways to improve physical appearance for both men and women. As techniques grow more refined and affordable, people are flocking to aesthetic surgeons, who offer a vast array of beauty-enhancing procedures. In an accessible Q&A format, this guide provides the latest information about all aspects of cosmetic surgery, and enables readers to better understand and make informed decisions about how to proceed.

considering plastic surgeryTitle: Considering Plastic Surgery
Author:  John M. Finley, Barbara Siede (Illustrator)
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Date Published:
April 1991
# ISBN-13: 9780882898032
Synopsis This informative and easy-to-understand book covers the entire gamut of plastic surgery procedures, whether reconstructive or cosmetic.


Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
Author: Betsy McCoy, John N M. Osborn (Editor)
Paradise Publications
Date Published:
# January 1993
ISBN-13: 9780963381606

Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: Cosmetic Plastic Surgery; A Patient's Guide
Author: Benjamin Gelfant
Publisher: Flapartz Press
Date Published: July 1998
ISBN-13: 9780968262603
Author's comments: Who is the book for/ Summary of contents
This book will provide the reader with detailed information about the current and successful procedures in cosmetic surgery as well as substantial, vital consumer protection information. It describes proper certification and credentials of surgeons and surgical facilities, provides over sixty diagrams which describe in a simple manner the complex procedures which are currently done, and uses easy to understand language to describe the surgical options as well as the possible risks involved. "All the Facts on Facelifts" (Vancouver Sun)

Title: Cosmetic Surgery: The Consumer's Complete Easy Guide from before to After

Author: Cynthia E. Sutton,Wanda S. Lyon
Publisher: DIANE Pub
Date Published:# January 1992
ISBN-13: 9780963107107

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

Author: Sander L. Gilman

Format: Paperback,179pp.
Duke University Press
Pub. Date:
December 1998
ISBN-13: 9780822321446

"Gilman's undisputed mastery in explaining and analyzing human stereotypes receive a new and fascinating dimension through the role which aesthetic surgery plays in connecting ideas of physical change and human happiness." -- Author of The Image of Man and The Image Crisis of German Ideology -George L. Mosse

Reviews and Commentary
From The Publisher:
In his exploration of the striking parallels between the development of cosmetic surgery and the field of psychiatry, Gilman entertains an array of philosophical and psychological questions that underlie the more practical decisions routinely made by doctors and potential patients considering these types of surgery. While surveying and incorporating the relevant theories of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Karl Menninger, Paul Schilder, contemporary feminist critics, and others, Gilman considers the highly unstable nature of cultural notions of health, happiness, and beauty. He reveals how ideas of race and gender structured early understandings of aesthetic surgery, discussing both the "abnormality" of the Jewish nose and the historical requirement that healthy and virtuous females look "normal" thereby enabling them to achieve invisibility. Reflecting on historically widespread prejudices, Gilman describes the persecutions, harassment, attacks, and even murders that continue to result from bodily difference, and he encourages readers to question the cultural assumptions that underlie the increasing acceptability of this surgical form of psychotherapy.

Title: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Cosmetic Surgery but Couldn't Afford to Ask

Author: Alan Gaynor,Douglas R. Zusman
Publisher: Broadway Books
Date Published: Pub. Date: April 1999
ISBN-13: 9780767901727
From liposuction to laser eyelid lifts, Dr. Gaynor discusses every detail of his profession's latest developments, including "bloodless" techniques and vitamin therapies. 40 photos. Two 8-page color inserts.
Expert Commentary From Library Journal:
"Cosmetic surgery has made great strides in the past 20 years".... "Here" Dr. Gaynor "describes the common procedures, with frank evaluations of the risks and the costs, to enable those considering such procedures to make informed decisions. He includes chapters on how to select a reputable surgeon and how to avoid the preventable damage caused by sun exposure. The chapters on liposuction and liposculpture are excellent, but the chapter on breast surgery, although it mentions the current ban on silicone implants, does not discuss the possibility of reactions to the silicone shell used for saline implants. Nevertheless, this is a useful purchase for libraries needing such material."Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH

face to face cosmetic surgeryTitle: Face to Face: Men & Women Talk Frankly about Their Cosmetic Surgery

Author: James Nolan
Publisher: BookPartner
Date Published: February 1997
ISBN-13: 9781885221445
Synopsis A book of remarkable candor from women and men who have had tummy tucks, chin implants, liposuction, dermabrasion, full facelifts, breast reduction and enlargement, wrinkles removed, eye lines eradicated, and ears turned back. The patients talk about pain, promises and results. For the person who contemplates cosmetic surgery, Face to Face is an honest explanation of patients' opinions, appraisals and responses to cosmetic facial and body surgery.

Title: Keeping Face: A Plastic Surgeon's Guide to Preserving & Improving Nature's Gifts
Author: Robert L. Cucin
Rocin Press
Date Published:
January 1985
ISBN-13: 9780960830428

Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: Nips & Tucks: Everything You Must Know Before Having Cosmetic Surgery

Author: Diana Barry
Publisher: General Publishing Group, Incorporated
Date Published: April 1996
Synopsis Barry, who has worked for some of the most celebrated plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills--and who has made a career of dealing with the predictable and normal reactions most patients experience--has written a primer for all men and women who are contemplating any form of plastic surgery, covering in detail every procedure from liposuction to breast reduction to rhinoplasty to eyelid surgery. Illustrations throughout.

Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: Plastic Surgery Hopscotch: A Resource Guide for Those Considering Cosmetic Surgery

Author: John McCabe,Miriam Ingersoll (Editor)
Publisher: Carmania B
Date Published: August 1995
ISBN-13: 9781884702327
Format: Trade Paper
Reviews and Commentary
From Library Journal: In his title, McCabe (Surgery Electives, Carmania Bks., 1994) alludes to patients who "run from one surgeon to the next, trying to...fix what was done to [them]." He clearly feels that most plastic surgeries are unnecessary and that far too many are done by incompetent surgeons. Aside from this bias, McCabe offers a comprehensive, well-executed look at the types of plastic surgery done today, their risks, and their potential benefits. The text is interspersed with excerpts from congressional subcommittee hearings on plastic surgery, other books, and comments of former patients, and a long list of publications and organizations to help consumers find a good doctor is included. Recommended for most public libraries.-Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio

Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: Plastic Surgery: What You Need to Know Before, During, and After

Author: Richard A. Marfuggi, MD
Publisher: Berkley Pu
Date Published: January 1998
ISBN-13: 9780399523748
Synopsis Plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Marfuggi presents a comprehensive, practical guide for anyone contemplating plastic or cosmetic surgery. Specific chapters focus on liposuction, rhinoplasty, facelifts, scar revision, breast augmentation or reduction, and other procedures. Also includes information on risks and realities, finding a reputable surgeon, calculating costs, and more.

Title: Reshaping the Female Body: The Dilemma of Cosmetic Surgery

Author: Kathy Davis
Publisher: Routledge
Date Published: October 1994
ISBN-13: 9780415906326
Reviews and Commentary From Library Journal:
Cosmetic surgery is a growth industry. Despite the expense and the risks of infection and unsatisfactory outcome, many women still choose to have their bodies altered. Davis, a professor of women's studies in the Netherlands, interviewed physicians, surgeons, and women before and after their operations to learn about their involvement in cosmetic surgery. She discovered that most of the women wanted to correct perceived defects so that they would appear ordinary and that they did this to please themselves, not men. Although she is a feminist, Davis argues against the traditional, politically correct stance that cosmetic surgery is oppression (found in works like Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth, LJ 4/1/91) and states that deciding to undergo a procedure is in fact an act of empowerment that improves the lives of these women. She considers cosmetic surgery a complex dilemma rather than an absolute evil. Not an essential purchase, but women's studies collections will want to add it for balance.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.

Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: Plastic Surgery SourceBook

Author: Kimberly A. Henry,Penny Heckaman
Publisher: Lowell House
Date Published: December 1997
ISBN-13: 9781565654648
Synopsis Now in paperback, "The Plastic Surgery Sourcebook" takes the patient from the first "meaningful mirror encounters" to finding a competent surgeon to the procedures and the recovery process. With this book, potential plastic surgery recipients can decide whether reconstructive surgery is right for them, establish realistic goals, and have a successful result. 80 photos, 20 illustrations. 240 pp. 10,000 print.

Search barnes noble barnes and noble plastic cosmetic surgery surgeon book books reading read browse look up find book store.Title: Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery
Author: Elizabeth Haiken
The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date Published:
September 1997
ISBN-13: 9780801862540
Synopsis Drawing on a wide array of sources--personal accounts, medical records, medical journals, and popular magazines--"Venus Envy" traces the quest for physical perfection through surgery from the turn of the century to the present.

Expert Commentary This Book was reviewed by: Library Journal, The Readers Catalog and The Publisher

From Library Journal:

Haiken (History,. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) tracks the evolution of plastic surgery in America from early attempts during World War I to the numerous varieties of cosmetic surgery available today. The author uses materials from the National Archives of Plastic Surgery and the Jerome Pierce Webster Library of Plastic Surgery as well as popular and medical literature of the times to illustrate the social, ethnic, psychological, and economic concerns that have contributed to the tremendous expansion of cosmetic surgery. Haiken also discusses why plastic surgeons who originally practiced only reconstructive surgery began to include cosmetic surgery in their practices. This well-written volume portrays an interesting example of the intersection between medicine and culture and is recommended for medical history collections in academic or special libraries.Tina Neville, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.

From The Reader's Catalog:

Haiken traces the history and perception of plastic surgery, including the "disorders" doctors believed they were curing and the ways in which surgery was seen as a means of assimilation and erasing ethnicity. "A warts-and-all portrait of a medical specialty that still evokes ambivalence in individual and in the culture at large"--Kirkus Reviews

From The Publisher:

In "Venus Envy", Elizabeth Haiken traces the quest for physical perfection through surgery from the turn of the century to the present. Drawing on a wide array of sources - personal accounts, medical records, popular magazines, medical journals, and beauty guides - Haiken reveals how our culture came to see cosmetic surgery as a panacea for both individual and societal problems. As Americans and their surgeons linked the significance of "normal" standards of beauty to social adjustment and economic success, they also linked "undesirable" physical characteristics to psychological conditions such as the "inferiority complex," for which cosmetic surgery appeared to offer a sure cure. Many Americans now view cosmetic surgery as the most practical solution for an ever-increasing number of perceived problems - from low self-esteem to stalled careers - and plastic surgery has become one of the largest and fastest growing medical specialties in the world. But Haiken questions whether these "solutions" are not in some sense chimeras: by emphasizing the importance of appearance, cosmetic surgery raises serious concerns about how society views such intractable problems as aging, gender, and race - and about how Americans view themselves.
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