Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard


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Style & Substance

Odd Tidbits and Occasional Musings from Elizabeth





Fear of Wrinkles Not a New Phenomenon

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A recent poll of 2000 women across the country found that fear of wrinkles is starting earlier these days. But, of course, such concerns are not new. In the course of research for my historical novel, The Beauty Doctor, I ran across this newspaper article from 1906 . . .

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The Early Days of Women Doctors

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My historical suspense novel, The Beauty Doctor, is the story of a young woman who, in 1907, dreams of becoming a doctor. But what was the likelihood of a woman actually entering the medical profession back in the days of corsets and Merry Widow hats?

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The Colorful History of Cosmetic Surgery

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The possibility of physical transformation through cosmetic surgery first came to public attention during the last two decades of the nineteenth century, inspiring both curiosity and condemnation.  As the turn of the century approached, women were becoming weary of the restraints imposed by a society in which they lacked freedom of choice about even the simplest things, including how they looked. Enter The Beauty Doctor

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