False faces: Examining the cultural history of cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery, much like its effect on the bodies it transforms, is highly skilled at obscuring its age and origins. As an organized specialty, it is nearly a century old, and many of the procedures it employs are much older still, and yet cosmetic surgery somehow feels perpetually current and new, held up as an…

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Healing the body to save the soul: Jesuit medicine in 17th century Asia

How to preserve and restore health while evangelizing overseas? Since its inception, one of the primary¬†activities of the Society of Jesus was to send its members on evangelical missions to all corners of the world. As many Jesuits had difficulties adapting to the Asian climate and helplessly watched their bodies succumb to unfamiliar diseases, they…

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