- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982682336
- ISBN-13: 978-0982682333
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plastic Surgery Obsession: Brazil's Dr Ivo Pitanguy Triggered It All Paperback – January 2, 2011
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About the Author
John Holzer was educated at MIT and the University of Chicago. He lived in Rio de Janeiro and has a forty-year association with Brazil and the Pitanguy family. To unearth the story of plastic surgery's incredible rise and Ivo Pitanguy's central role in it, the author interviewed an eclectic collection of 100 surgeons, socialites, scholars, journalists, and taxi drivers on 4 continents; plowed through 10,000 articles, medical textbooks, scientific journals, history books & memoirs; and, at Pitanguy's private and charity hospitals, observed massive facial reconstructions, complex burn surgeries, and extensive breast reductions besides face-lifts, brow-lifts, tummy tucks, and nasal remodelings. Holzer had unprecedented access to Pitanguy and his Rio estate, fabled tropical island, and medical, literary, and social universes.
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Pitanguy was a Renaissance man who moved in the highest ranks of international society and medicine, but used his art to help penniless victims of the worst types of deformities and injuries. Holzer assembles intriguing stories of the wealthy, beautiful, talented and famous friends and patients of Pitanguy and melds them with an unusually thorough explanation of medical procedures and the history of plastica. He provides important insights into the social and professional prejudices and jealousies in the United States that for more than twenty years inhibited acceptance of many plastic surgery techniques and practices.
In delivering his end product Holzer reveals his own artistry and passion. He is adept at writing astonishingly beautiful sentences and has distilled extensive research with skills seldom displayed by any biographer, so that his readers are not overwhelmed but feel informed and entertained. This is a prize-worthy book that is at once informative and entertaining.