Article ID: CBB001202124

Surgical Intervention: Critiquing the Representation of Breast Cancer Surgery in US Women's Magazines (2013)


Contemporary narratives of breast health must be understood within the context of the history of published writing about breast cancer. Written mentions of breast cancer appear as early as Egyptian papyrus. However, until the 1960s the majority of the published writing about breast cancer came primarily from the medical field. In the 1960s some women, mainly outside of the medical field, responded to the prevailing medical discourses of breast health by writing and publishing their own experiences. These narratives of breast cancer questioned surgeons' authority, revealed the uncertainty regarding treatment effectiveness, and questioned male doctors dictating to female patients. Doctors and many patients did not easily accept the philosophy that breast cancer treatment should be decided by personal choice. Surgeons who were not used to having their authority challenged were not happy to be confronted by patients who had read about breast cancer in a magazine or popular press book. However, women's personal narratives related to breast health resonated with readers, and they became an established and prominent genre. [FROM iNTRODUCTION].

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Authors & Contributors
Bourret, Pascale
Barnes, Emm
McCormick, Sabrina
Cuperschmid, Ethel Mizrahy
Campos, Tarcisio Passos Ribeiro de
Deutsch, Yaacov
Social Studies of Science
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Social History of Medicine
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Science Technology and Society
Health and History
Pickering & Chatto
Johns Hopkins University Press
Cancer; tumors
Public understanding of medicine
Breast cancer
Voronoff, Serge Avramovitch
Tôn-Thất, Tùng
Beckett, Samuel
Foucault, Michel
Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir
Joseph Colt Bloodgood
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
16th century
19th century
United States
Great Britain
Imperial Chemical Industries
Johns Hopkins University

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