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Plastic Surgery

The Kindest Cut
A non fiction book by

Publisher's Weekly
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Camp followed Minnesota plastic surgeon Bruce Cunningham as he performed breast enlargements and reductions, nose jobs, tummy tucks and liposuctions, as well as restorative surgery on victims of cancer and accidents. The result is a book that's thoroughly engrossing. Camp spares nothing: he tells us what it's like to see flesh cut and smell veins cauterized; he relates Cunningham's frustration when he cannot create a perfect nose; he even rewards our worst fears by reporting how a surgical team talks about a patient once she's under anesthetic: ''Gee, I don't know,'' muses a resident while the surgeon is trying to determine what size breast implant to use, ''If she wanted to be in the B-C area, that might be a little small.'' In another case a nurse, noticing a patient's scars from previous plastic surgery, remarks, ''What is she trying to do, make herself into the perfect woman?'' Potential patients may find Camp's frankness somewhat daunting, but overall, he has written a sympathetic account not only of those who practice the art but also those who seek it out. (May)

Library Journal
The rituals followed by surgeons, surgical teams, and patients are described in this guide to the practice of plastic surgery. Aesthetic as well as reconstructive procedures for cancer, accident, and burn victims are discussed, and Camp, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, uses the cases of plastic surgeon Bruce Cunningham to illustrate each operation. Statistics on the number of procedures performed annually and estimates of fees are listed in an appendix. The risks as well as the rewards of surgery are described. This may be used to supplement Elizabeth Morgan's The Complete Book of Cosmetic Surgery: A Candid Guide for Men, Women, and Teens (LJ 6/15/88 ) , which is encyclopedic in scope and well illustrated. Recommended for larger health collections.-- Robert Schmid, L.R.C., Univ. of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical Sch., North Chicago

Popular treatment covers all major types of aesthetic surgery available today. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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April 1989 : USA Hardback

Title: Plastic Surgery: The Kindest Cut
Author(s): John Camp
ISBN: 0-8050-0897-7 / 978-0-8050-0897-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
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