Thursday, July 30, 2009

Five best books on cosmetic surgery

Gerald Imber is an internationally known plastic surgeon and has written numerous scientific papers, several books, and lectured widely on prevention and correction of facial aging.

In 2005 he named a list of the five best books on cosmetic surgery for the Wall Street Journal.

One title on the list:
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin (John Murray, 1859).

No, I have never read it cover to cover. Still, this book is always worth going back to. It inspires with its thoroughness and open-minded vision and with the way it helps us to understand the world. (And no, I do not want to get into the heated discussions about evolution swirling around us nearly 150 years later.) For the plastic surgeon, there is a simple lesson here, about cosmetic surgery and the survival of the fittest. The juxtaposition is not as far-fetched as it might seem. Two equally qualified people seek a position. The more attractive person usually prevails. Vital individuals at the top of their skills are perceived as ineffective because of signs of aging. Survival of the fittest on a micro-scale looms everywhere. Cosmetic surgery answers some of these needs. It is not the be-all and end-all, but in its proper place, and applied with common sense, it can enhance our lives.
Read about the other four books on Imber's list.

--Marshal Zeringue