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Dr. Steinman's Aesthetic Ideals sign
Aesthetic ideals

Outside logo of the surgery wing.

"Closed?… Goodness, no… Medical is open—Steinman is open!… You simply must schedule an appointment… He'll open you, too."
Vera Prescott[src]

Dr. Steinman's Aesthetic Ideals is the eponymous business run by J.S. Steinman specializing in cosmetic surgery. It is located in the Surgery wing of the Medical Pavilion, Rapture.


When Andrew Ryan promised of an underwater wonderland free from phony ethics, Steinman joined him. Steinman continued with his area of expertise in Rapture. He became a very well known citizen amongst the people of Rapture because of his skill and efficiency. His notoriety led to the establishment of Aesthetic Ideals.

With the discovery of ADAM, even cosmetic surgery improved. Like many Rapturians, Steinman began to take ADAM himself. He then began to ask himself what excuse there was to stop perfection, hoping he could work with his scalpel, like Picasso worked with his brush. Steinman enhanced his own features as well, but became insane and delusional in the process. He began to see hallucinations of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty. With the encouragement of his new muse, he began to experiment with his patients, sculpting them, as it were. Instead of helping them, he recreated their appearance to his liking.


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When Jack throws the Emergency Access Control switch in Emergency Access, the entire Medical Pavilion goes into lockdown, and he is required to get the key from Dr. Steinman to release the lockdown. However, upon arriving in the Surgery Foyer, Steinmain blows up the entrance leading to Aesthetic Ideals.

Viewing RoomsEdit

Viewing Rooms sign
Stienman's Mistakes

A grisly scene in surgery.

Past the entrance to Surgical Savings are two shuttered doors leading to another operating room or other parts of Aesthetic Ideals. Dr. Steinman sets up a Machine Gun Turret and sends a Security Bot to deal with Jack before running into the main operating room. After Jack follows Steinman into surgery, Jack observes him working on a "patient" from a viewing room. Steinman claims to fail in his work, with the three former victims being too fat, too tall and too symmetrical, all the while stabbing the drugged victim, who bleeds out on the operating table. After Steinman notices Jack, he attempts to shoot him through the windows with a machine gun, forcing Jack to defend himself. He manages to kill Steinman and retrieve the key. With the lockdown removed, Jack is able to enter Neptune's Bounty.

As expected in a medical facility, plenty of First Aid Kits are found in the cabinets.

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New DiscoveriesEdit

Audio DiaryEdit

  1. Dr. Steinman - Not What She Wanted - In the Viewing Room, on Steinman's most recent victim [on the operating table].

Burial at SeaEdit

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The singer Elizabeth came on New Year's Eve of 1958 to DeWitt Investigations to hire detective Booker DeWitt for finding a missing girl named Sally. As they progress through the city, the public address announcement advertises the Aesthetic Ideals for the citizen of Rapture. This was before Dr. Steinman become publicly known as insane and the section of the Surgery wing was still respectable sought-after business.


Poster AdvertisementsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

Golden Girl Apples Crate Label
  • The Dr. Steinman's Cosmetic Enhancement advertisement uses a recolored crate label for Golden Girl apples.

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