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The Human Face

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:622
  1. Nayeem Ali, specialist registrar in oral and maxillofacial surgery,
  2. Paul Farrand, lecturer in medical psychology
  1. Royal London Hospital
  2. St Bartholomew's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

    BBC1, Wednesdays at 9 10 pm, 7 to 28 March

    The face serves many important functions, ranging from supporting the airway and the organs of special sense through to forming the most distinctive aspect of our personality. Since society began, facial appearance has been important. Psychologically, the concept of beauty and ugliness can result in a variety of psychiatric conditions, while abnormal development, trauma, cancer, or surgery affecting the face can cause considerable physical and psychological morbidity. Socially, discrimination based on facial appearance occurs in both workplace and classroom. The human face is therefore of great interest—as Cicero said, “everything is in the face.”

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