By Debra Gimlin
This booklet examines British and American women's narratives of plastic surgery, exploring what these narratives say in regards to the modern prestige of plastic surgery and 'local' principles approximately its valid and illegitimate makes use of.
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The development of the speciality in the US in subsequent decades (discussed in more detail later) would ultimately prove Gillies right (Haiken, 1997). Gillies’ work was received less positively by his British colleagues. For example, soon after his return to the UK, an editorial in the Lancet argued that Britain no longer needed the plastic surgery units that had been established during the war (Anonymous, 1920: 194). Moreover, the attention Gillies’ activities received from the lay press resulted in charges of ‘self-advertisement’ from some physicians; David Matthews, Gillies’ student and biographer, even recalled his being labelled with the ‘epithet of charlatan’ during this period (Matthews, 1979: 71).
2003: 432). ). , 2004), most Britons who want to have such a procedure now pay for it themselves. Various treatment options exist. 8 They may also request the contact details of a qualiﬁed practitioner from cosmetic surgeons’ professional associations. , 2011; Connell, 2006) or they may self-refer to a cosmetic clinic, a treatment centre or the practice of a physician who performs aesthetic procedures on an entirely private basis. A recent study of the organization of cosmetic surgery in Britain (NCEPOD, 2010) identiﬁed 548 providers nationwide who Cosmetic Surgery in Two Healthcare Contexts 43 accept patient self-referrals – more than twice the number of NHS and private hospitals which offer similar services exclusively through GP recommendations.
All seven were called before the Disciplinary Committee of the GMC in November 1961 and questioned over four days. As recalled by John Watson (1987: 93), the then honorary secretary of BAPS, the atmosphere of the hearing was exceedingly hostile, revealing the questioners’ preconceived ‘mistrust of plastic surgery generally and of cosmetic surgery in particular’ and ‘giving the impression that for a consultant to see a patient without the intervention of a GP was itself an ethical crime’, even if the patient was not a long-term resident of Britain and was thus unable to obtain a GP referral.