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New US drama outrages plastic surgeons

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:295
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne, medical journalist
  1. New York

    Imagine that you are a hotshot Miami plastic surgeon and you've just had an unfortunate—well, fatal—incident performing liposuction on a South American drug dealer who paid you cash upfront. Why the disaster? You were dumb enough to let the guy's brother into the operating room (for even more cash), where he went berserk. Would you dump the corpse into a Florida swamp? Furthermore, would you know enough to tie hams to the victim, because alligators love pork?

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    A scene from Nip/Tuck

    Credit: © FX NETWORKS, LLC

    Consider that you refuse to do free work on a kid who needs skin grafts for burns. Or that yourpartner picks up a gorgeous woman in a bar, has throbbing sex with her, and then persuades her in the clear light of morning that she needs work on her forehead, her eyelids, her cheekbones, her breasts, and her tummy.

    No wonder America's plastic surgeons are annoyed. These scenarios come straight from Nip/Tuck, a new US television programme featuring two plastic surgeon partners that was …

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