Women's breasts have been idealized as symbols of femininity and motherhood. They have held great social and psychological significance as objects drawing intrusive gazes, and as images of self worth to be measured against an idealized form. It is no wonder, then, that a technology emerged to alter and qenhanceq their appearance. Nora Jacobson traces the hundred-year history of one such technology: breast implants. Organized both chronologically and thematically, this book examines the history of breast implant technology from 1895 to 1990, including the controversies that erupted in the early 1990s over the safety of the devices and the Food and Drug Administration's regulation of their use. Jacobson examines such topics as politics and bias in medical practice and the role of bureaucracies, corporations, and governments in establishing policy and regulating implant technology.It was dictating the studies that should be done without any input from the plastic surgical community. ... aquot;I think most obstetricians would prefer to be gynecologists and not get up in the middle of the night and get paid better, but therea#39;s great joy and satisfaction in the presentation of new life. ... is repeatedly told to us, day after day after day in the consulting room, for many, many years after 2OO CLEAVAGE .
|Publisher||:||Rutgers University Press - 2000|