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Life in Beirut series part 1/5

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Dr Roland Tohme performing cosmetic surgery.
Dr Roland Tohme performing cosmetic surgery. Beirut Beauty Clinic

Despite still recovering from decades of civil war and political turmoil, the country's renowned doctors are still in high demand. Many have trained in France, a highly desirable trait for surgeons in the Arab world. The country's former Prime Minister, Saad Hariri's cabinet collapsed in 2011, triggering concerns over Lebanon's security and causing a sharp drop in medical tourism to one of Beirut's leading industries. Some have likened the popularity of such procedures there to an 'epidemic'.

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