Is cosmetic surgery “ethically corrupt”?

Michael Cook
BioEdge

The flames of bioethical controversy crackle loudest in the media when stem cells or euthanasia or abortion are tossed onto the flames. But tempers can flare over cosmetic surgery as well. In the wake of the Poly Implant Prothèse breast implants scandal, more and more articles are appearing questioning the ethics of procedures whose benefits are largely psychological not medical.

Writing in the New Statesman, Michael Brooks argues that “Cosmetic surgery is nothing more than an industrial-scale scientific experiment”. After 50 years, it is time to question its validity.

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