Cosmetic Surgery: GIMLIN READING (Review)

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Published on 22 Apr 2013
School
York University
Department
Kinesiology & Health Science
Course
KINE 1000
Professor
Winter term tutorial discussion slides
Gimlin reading - Cosmetic surgery
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Gimlin: Cosmetic surgery
“Today, aesthetic operations make up 45
percent of all plastic surgery….Cosmetic
surgery is one of the fastest-growing
specialties in American medicine” (Course
reader, p.290). “Ninety percent of
these operations are performed on
women…” (Course Reader).According to
the author, what is a common conception
of those who choose to undergo cosmetic
surgery?
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Gimlin: Cosmetic surgery
Answer:
“…those who undergo cosmetic surgery appear to
many observers…to be so obsessed with physical
appearance that they are willing to risk their very
existence to become more attractive” (Course Reader,
p.289).
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Document Summary

Gimlin: cosmetic surgery: today, aesthetic operations make up 45 percent of all plastic surgery . cosmetic surgery is one of the fastest-growing specialties in american medicine (course reader, p. 290). Those who undergo cosmetic surgery appear to many observers to be so obsessed with physical appearance that they are willing to risk their very existence to become more attractive (course reader, p. 289). Gimlin: cosmetic surgery: cosmetic surgery is dangerous. Health experts estimate that the chance of serious side effects from breast augmentation are between 30 percent and 50 percent (course reader, p. 290: the body has come to be understood and related to as a commodity. The body is a symbol of selfhood, but its relation to its inhabitant is shaped primarily by the individual s capacity for material consumption (course. Those who undergo it will complete one operation only to discover some new flaw (course reader, p. 291). Gimlin: cosmetic surgery: gimlin is critical of many of these criticisms.

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