A Darker Ribbon: A Twentieth-Century Story of Breast Cancer, Women, and Their Doctors

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Beacon Press, Oct 17, 2000 - Social Science - 352 pages
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The first cultural history of breast cancer, this book examines the social attitudes and medical treatments that together defined the modern relationship between women with the disease and their doctors. At the heart of the book are two unpublished correspondences-one between Barbara Mueller, a woman diagnosed with breast cancer eighty years ago, and her surgeon, William Steward Halsted, father of the radical mastectomy, and the other between Rachel Carson, who was writing Silent Spring as she was battling breast cancer, and her personal physician George Crile, Jr.
 

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A DARKER RIBBON: Breast Cancer, Women, and Their Doctors in the Twentieth Century

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A cultural history of breast cancer that focuses primarily on how social acceptance of the unequal roles of men and women has impeded progress in a woman's disease. Leopold, a writer on women's health ... Read full review

A darker ribbon: breast cancer, women, and their doctors in the twentieth century

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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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