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Plastic surgery reality show angers doctors

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:590
  1. Sophie Arie, freelance journalist (
  1. Rome

    Viewers given false impression of risks, they say

    Italy's medical professionals are in uproar over a television show in which people desperate to change parts of their imperfect bodies are filmed having plastic surgery in front of their loved ones.

    Scalpel: Nobody's Perfect, broadcast once a week on Italia 1, one of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's channels, is a kind of Jim'll Fix It for ordinary Italians, making their dreams of improving their defective bodies come true by giving them free surgery.

    Each week people are shown before, during, and after having operations on their breasts, faces, bottoms, stomachs, or ears. Their teary relatives are brought into the studio to watch their loved ones being remodelled in front of the camera and give a verdict on the final result.

    The prime time show is presented by …

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