Perspectives On The Face

Hardcover | April 15, 2006

byM. Michael Cohen

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Our faces play essential roles in defining us as individuals. They are the most immediately identifiable parts of our bodies. We use our faces to communicate emotions and to interact socially. Sometimes, despite our intentions, our faces reveal our thoughts even when we do not speak. Inseveral medical conditions, the facial aspect confirms diagnosis, and while surgical alteration of craniofacial anomalies can do much to normalize appearance, patients are always confronted with the question of what is normal, and with the fact that beauty itself may be nothing more than aculturally determined concept.This book explores a range of distinct yet related perspectives on the face--the evolutionary, the developmental, the anatomic, the dysmorphic and genetic, the surgical, the psychological; the sociocultural, and the artistic. As a cross-disciplinary study, it is the first to comprehensively addressthe question of what constitutes a face, and to span the gap between symbolic interpretation and scientific fact. Both broadly informative and in-depth in its discussions, this highly readable book will be of interest to biologists, geneticists, plastic surgeons, craniofacial surgeons, oral andmaxillofacial surgeons, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and others with a special interest in the face.

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Our faces play essential roles in defining us as individuals. They are the most immediately identifiable parts of our bodies. We use our faces to communicate emotions and to interact socially. Sometimes, despite our intentions, our faces reveal our thoughts even when we do not speak. Inseveral medical conditions, the facial aspect ...

M. Michael Cohen is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine Dalhousie University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7.28 × 10 × 1.1 inPublished:April 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195300408

ISBN - 13:9780195300406

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Evolutionary Perspectives3. Embryonic, Developmental, and Postnatal Perspectives4. Anatomical and Physiological Perspectives5. Dysmorphic and Genetic Perspectives6. Surgical Perspectives7. Psychological Perspectives8. Sociocultural and Symbolic Perspectives9. Artistic Perspective10. Conclusion

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"It is a well-substantiated source of information and an interdisciplinary reference. Anyone with an interest in the face, including students and researchers in biology, craniofacial surgery, psychology, sociology, and anthropology, may find this book useful."--American Journal of HumanBiology