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Author Jacobson, Nora, 1964-

Title Cleavage : technology, controversy, and the ironies of the man-made breast / Nora Jacobson
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers, 2000


Description 1 online resource (vii, 302 pages)
Contents Staging Babel: A Chronicle of the Controversy -- The Paradox of the Natural -- A Pleasing Enlargement From Within -- The Medical Construction of Need (Or, the "Psychology of the Flat-Chested Woman") -- Real Suffering: the Creation of Silicone Disease -- The Specialty Nearest Sculpture in the Living -- A Calculus of Risk -- After Babel: an Epilogue
Summary "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 "enhance" 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. Book jacket."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-285) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Breast implants -- Social aspects
Breast implants.
Breast prosthesis.
Augmentation mammaplasty.
Breast Implants
Breast Implantation
Silicone Gels
MEDICAL -- Reproductive Medicine & Technology.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Women's Health.
Augmentation mammaplasty
Breast implants
Breast prosthesis
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585275955