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From the Editor's Notebook: Of gates and gods


Teresa A. McNulty
IT WAS 1997. Mother Teresa, Princess Diana, Monica and Bill were all vying for the headlines. And Cosmetic Surgery Times embarked upon its publishing mission to provide a forum for the latest news and developments within the evolving aesthetic surgery specialty.

In these 10th anniversary pages, we provide a Janus glimpse at the intervening decade — and try to lift the veil on what may lie ahead for the discipline with contrasting views from a futurist pundit, an industry insider, and a Wall Street savant.

As you may recall from your undergrad mythology course, Janus is the Roman god of gates and doors. His image is depicted with two visages facing opposite directions. He represents beginnings and endings and was worshipped at the beginning of planting and harvest time, at marriage and birth and at other types of beginnings — especially the beginnings of important events in a person's life. Also appropriately, he is the namesake of this month of January.




The classicist, Micha Lindemans, wrote that, "Janus also represents the transition between primitive life and civilization, between the countryside and the city, peace and war, and the growing up of young people." We can think of no more apt icon for CST 's new beginning, poised at the start of a second decade, looking forward with a fresh design, but with an ever-retrospective eye towards our founding rationale — and excited by the prospect of continuing to document the "growing up" of this young discipline.

As the sentry at the portal, in his right hand, Janus — appropriately — holds a key. We hope and trust that your continued engagement in this forum, both as readers and contributors, is that key to determining with your peers the technologies and techniques which will help to define this specialty well into the next decade.

Here's to the opening of the gates!

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