Medicine: Nasal Breakdowns

Most ivory-tower plastic surgeons are concerned with correcting some of mankind's more serious deformities—not with making "cosmetic" repairs such as nose bobbing or face lifting. This attitude is too narrow and too stuffy, according to Dr. Adolph Abraham Apton of Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital: anything that makes a person feel uncomfortably conspicuous leads to mental upsets and ought to be corrected if possible. Dr. Apton's motto: "Plastic surgery is a surgical method of psychotherapy."

In a new book, Your Mind and Appearance (Citadel; $3), Dr. Apton defends his theory. Many children's personalities are warped, he argues, because they happen to be born...

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