An entertaining history and serious analysis of the tensions among professional medicine entrepreneurial practitioners and the mutable ideal of beauty that reminds us how unchanging is the american search for self improvement if venus envy is a history of cosmetic surgery it is equally a political history of beauty. 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 pro. If venus envy is a history of cosmetic surgery it is equally a political history of beauty womens review of books sharon lieberman 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. Venus envy a history of cosmetic surgery lois w banner elizabeth haiken throughout this history cosmetic surgeons justified their specialty by presenting themselves as sculptors holding to high aesthetic standards and as psychologists able to overcome the feared inferiority complex that psychologist alfred adler had discovered . Venus envy a history of cosmetic surgery user review kirkus an entertaining and enlightening history of how the practice of cosmetic surgery has been shaped by the priorities and demands of 20th century american culture as much as by those of the medical
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