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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139811

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139811.001.0001

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The Cultural History of Plastic Surgery in China

The Cultural History of Plastic Surgery in China

(p.24) (p.25) 1 The Cultural History of Plastic Surgery in China
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Wen Hua

Hong Kong University Press

Through reviewing the development of plastic surgery from Republican China to contemporary China, this chapter discusses how plastic surgery was transmitted from the West and adopted into China’s social and political settings. How plastic surgery was appropriated into China’s social contexts demonstrates that the boundaries crossed over are not only regional, but also national, political and ideological.

Keywords:   China, Cosmetic surgery, Reconstructive surgery, Western medicine, Science, Cultural Revolution, Post-Mao China, bourgeois vanity

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