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5_Medicalization - MEDICALIZATION F RACIAL FEATURES O 77 1950s to 1990 I also reviewed several news releases and informational ackets p distributed

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MEDICALIZATION OF RACIAL FEATURES 1950s to 1990. I also reviewed several news releases and informational packets distributed by such national organizations as the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, an organization that represents 97% of all physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To examine popular notions of cosmetic surgery and, in particular, of how the phenomenon of Asian American women receiving double-eyelid and nose- bridge operations is viewed by the public and the media, I referenced relevant newspaper and magazine articles. For statistical information, I obtained national data on cosmetic surgery from various societies for cosmetic surgeons, including the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Data on the specific types of surgery sought by dif- ferent ethnic groups in the United States, including Asian Americans, are missing from the national statistics. At least one public relations coordinator told me that such data are
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2010 for the course ENG 000121 taught by Professor Mcgrand during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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