A Darker Ribbon: Breast Cancer, Women, and Their Doctors in the Twentieth Century

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Beacon Press, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 334 pages
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"At the heart of the book are two unpublished correspondences that dramatize the slow pace of change and the still-timely issues of patient disclosure, privacy, and informed consent. One is between a woman diagnosed with breast cancer eighty years ago and her surgeon, William Stewart Halsted, father of the radical mastectomy. The second features the letters of Rachel Carson, who was writing and defending her environmental classic Silent Spring as she was in the final stages of breast cancer. These letters are invaluable women's health history, and a poignant and inspirational record of Carson fighting her way out of the role of compliant patient to become instead an advocate for herself, her own "case manager" in the days before such a phrase had ever been coined."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Breast cancer strikes 182,000 American women annually, but public awareness of this disease is a recent phenomenon. Here, Leopold, a sociologist and a breast cancer survivor, examines the cultural ... Read full review

Contents

The Prehistory of Breast Cancer
23
The Dominance of Surgery
45
Part Two
83
A Really Hideous Mutilation The Radical Mastectomy in the Correspondence of a Breast Cancer Patient and Her Surgeon William Stewart Halsted 19...
85
A Little Private Hell The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dr George Crile Jr 196064
111
Part Three
151
The Battle for the Breast
153
Breast Cancer within the History of the Womens Health Movements
188
From the Closet to the Commonplace 194575
215
At the Close of the Century
243
Obituaries
275
Notes
285
Bibliography
317
Index
328
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About the author (2000)

Ellen Leopold is a member of the Women's Community Cancer Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has written breast cancer and women's health-care articles for The Nation, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe, among others.

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