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Author Vostral, Sharra Louise, 1968- author.

Title Toxic shock : a social history / Sharra L. Vostral
Published New York : New York University, 2018
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Contents Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Abbreviations; Introduction: Toxic Shock Syndrome; 1. Unexpected Consequences; 2. Mystery; 3. The Media Sounds the Alarm; 4. Grounds for Liability; 5. Health Activism and the Limits of Labeling; Conclusion: Managing Menstruation and Beyond; Acknowledgments; Appendix; Notes; Index; About the Author
Summary In 1980, young, healthy women in the United States suddenly began to get sick and even die. The unexpected link to these deaths was superabsorbent tampons. Thousands of women used them during their menstrual periods, signaling the potential for a large-scale outbreak. 'Toxic Shock' traces the emergence of this new illness of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and its relationship to tampon technology. This multifaceted history engages microbiology, design and innovation, journalism and mass communication, product liability, and federal policy and regulation. The broad scope captures the various approaches that contributed to defining meaning about the emergent illness
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Tampons -- Complications.
Toxic shock syndrome -- Social aspects
Toxic shock syndrome.
Shock, Septic.
MEDICAL -- Forensic Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Preventive Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Public Health.
Tampons -- Complications.
Toxic shock syndrome -- Social aspects.
Toxic shock syndrome.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1479894923