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Ruth Holliday, Meredith Jones, and David Bell

Locating cosmetic surgery tourism 63 3 Locating cosmetic surgery tourism It’s been quite helpful to see other girls who are going and who are there and seeing photos of them over there, seeing photos of them post-op. You see the whole journey and it’s really personal … Some have been having a bad time, they’ve been in more pain than they expected, whereas some of them are out on the back of elephants, so it’s good to see how everybody is different … and one girl got, like, an infection, you know. So, it’s not showing only the good side of the story. I hope

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The case of uterus and penis transplantation
Gennaro Selvaggi and Sean Aas

4 New frontiers in surgery: the case of uterus and penis transplantation1 Gennaro Selvaggi and Sean Aas Various types of organ transplantations are now considered standard procedures: heart and liver transplants lengthen lives; kidney transplants also do so, as well as improving quality of life by reducing or eliminating the need for dialysis. The transplantation of faces and limbs, a more novel set of techniques, improves quality of life without necessarily lengthening or ‘saving’ lives. An even more recent development is uterus and penis transplantations

in The freedom of scientific research
Caregiving companions and medical travel facilitators
Ruth Holliday, Meredith Jones, and David Bell

86 Beautyscapes: mapping cosmetic surgery tourism 4 The work of cosmetic surgery tourism I: caregiving companions and medical travel facilitators Our aim in the next two chapters is to outline the various forms of work or labour that are brought together to make cosmetic surgery happen.1 Through this focus on work we aim to provide a detailed overview of the cosmetic surgery tourism industry, focusing on the key actors whose work is central to the production of cosmetic surgery tourism. In this chapter we look closely at two key groups, one providing unpaid

in Beautyscapes
Health workers and patients
Ruth Holliday, Meredith Jones, and David Bell

108 Beautyscapes: mapping cosmetic surgery tourism 5 The work of cosmetic surgery tourism II: health workers and patients The previous chapter provided an overview of the structure of the cosmetic surgery tourism industry as a prelude to a detailed exploration of the forms of work undertaken by some of the key actors in the cosmetic surgery tourism assemblage. Basing our discussion in sociological debates about ‘new’ forms of work or labour – care work, body work, emotional labour and aesthetic labour – we showed how informal caregiving companions and MTFs

in Beautyscapes
Ruth Holliday, Meredith Jones, and David Bell

144 Beautyscapes: mapping cosmetic surgery tourism 7 Decentring and disorienting cosmetic surgery tourism While medical tourism historically has meant wealthy travellers leaving the Global South to seek treatment in the Global North, in the last few decades the direction of patient flows has changed. In academic work, medical tourism has commonly come to be conceptualised in terms of colonialism and orientalism: wealthy westerners exploiting low-wage economies in developing countries and experiencing them through a patronising ‘orientalist gaze’ – not liking

in Beautyscapes
A reassessment
Roger Forshaw

11 Trauma care, surgery and remedies in ancient Egypt: a reassessment Roger Forshaw I am pleased to be able to offer this new analysis of trauma care and surgery in ancient Egypt to Rosalie, as this is a topic of particular interest to her. Also I am grateful to Rosalie for inspiring me in my master’s and doctoral studies in Egyptology and for inviting me to join her team at the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester. Trauma can be defined as any bodily injury or wound caused by an extrinsic agent. Evidence for trauma in a

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
Doctors’ organisations and activist medics
Julian M. Simpson

211 7 Beyond the surgery boundaries: doctors’ organisations and activist medics Migrant South Asian GPs, by the very nature of their roles, became embedded in communities. GPs came in contact with a cross-​section of the local population at regular intervals, often over long periods of time. They benefited from a great deal of professional autonomy in addition to having substantial amounts of social capital. They were therefore in a position to shape the social and political environment in which they found themselves. Doctors’ interviews and archives provide

in Migrant architects of the NHS
Vanya Kovačič

his daughter there [to the MSF hospital], the situation is safe. I told you I used to go to have surgeries [at the RSP] and be there by myself. If I slept there for one week or ten days, it didn’t matter for me if nobody from the family came [to visit]. There were thousands of people like me in a safe situation” (RSP15, Syrian, F). Another crucial aspect for participants was that of equal

in Reconstructing lives
Vanya Kovačič

(greetings, enquiries about their names and country of origin). Those who spoke some English would occasionally talk about their injuries, how they acquired them, and their progress after surgery. They also expressed curiosity about where I was from, what my country was like, and my family. In the first period of study I conducted daily observations of hospital life, following doctors and surgeons on their

in Reconstructing lives
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Mapping cosmetic surgery tourism

Beautyscapes explores the rapidly developing global phenomenon of international medical travel, focusing specifically on patient-consumers seeking cosmetic surgery outside their home country and on those who enable them to access treatment abroad, including key figures such as surgeons and facilitators. Documenting the complex and sometimes fraught journeys of those who travel for treatment abroad, as well as the nature and power relations of the transnational IMT industry, this is the first book to focus specifically on cosmetic surgery tourism. A rich and theoretically sophisticated ethnography, Beautyscapes draws on key themes in studies of globalisation and mobility, such as gender and class, neoliberalism, social media, assemblage, conviviality and care, to explain the nature and growing popularity of cosmetic surgery tourism. The book challenges myths about vain and ill-informed travellers seeking surgery from ‘cowboy’ foreign doctors, yet also demonstrates the difficulties and dilemmas that medical tourists – especially cosmetic surgery tourists – face. Vividly illustrated with ethnographic material and with the voices of those directly involved in cosmetic surgery tourism, Beautyscapes is based on a large research project exploring cosmetic surgery journeys from Australia and China to East Asia and from the UK to Europe and North Africa.