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Promoting cosmetic surgery

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 08 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7535
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor, BMJ
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There’s a good debate in this week’s journal on whether advertising for cosmetic surgery should be banned (doi:10.1136/bmj.e7508, doi:10.1136/bmj.e7489). Advertising to the public is already illegal in France, and the UK Department of Health is currently reviewing cosmetic practices, including advertising. Tell us what you think in our poll on and by sending a rapid response.

The debate gives me a chance to reignite, I hope, a related controversy. At its annual meeting in Rome last month, the Federation of International Gynaecologists and Obstetricians included for the first time ever a presentation on cosmetic gynaecology. The event and subsequent outcry passed the …

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