Skin whitening by intestine shortening

Back in the 1970s, some women in Japan reportedly tried to whiten their skin by having surgery to remove a section of their intestines:

surgeons have recently discovered a dramatic way to make Japanese females less yellow and thereby satisfy their obsession for the skin, as well as the features, of an Audrey Hepburn.

Up to 50 inches of the large intestine have to be removed according to Dr. Tadao Yagi, director of a private hospital that specializes in the operation.

I can't imagine why this would work. Perhaps the women grew paler because of malnutrition?

San Francisco Examiner - Mar 26, 1975

I believe these may be photos of the operation being performed, from an article by Tadao Yagi in the Japanese Journal of Medical Instrumentation.

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 18, 2021
     Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil | Surgery | 1970s

I guess after they remove a big chunk of your colon you have a semicolon.
Posted by ges on 11/18/21 at 06:12 PM
It sounds like a half-assed idea to me.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 11/19/21 at 09:10 AM
Yeah, I say it's bullshit. Although a little bit less of it than before.
Posted by Richard Bos on 11/21/21 at 01:14 PM
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