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Silcone Breast Implant Story : Communication and Uncertainty

Silcone Breast Implant Story : Communication and Uncertainty - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805817072

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ISBN13: 978-0805817072
ISBN10: 0805817077
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Published: 1996
International: No

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Silcone Breast Implant Story : Communication and Uncertainty - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805817072

Marsha L. Vanderford

ISBN13: 978-0805817072
ISBN10: 0805817077
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 96
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

This volume examines a major issue in the field of women's health: breast implants. At the core of the silicone breast implant controversy is the need for people to act amid the uncertainty about the health risks involved. The attempts of patients, physicians, drug manufacturers, and the others to seek and provide both information and influence makes communication central to this issue. The study discussed in this volume reveals the interrelation of public information and private decisions and how closely media and interpersonal relationships fit. By tracing one medical issue, that of silicone breast implants, across interpersonal, organizational, public relations, and mediated forums, this work demonstrates the many ways those communication channels overlap and inform one another.

Table of Contents

1. The Authors' Story: A Project With a Life of Its Own
2. Stories of Implants and Illness: Loss and Confusion
3. Stories of Implants and Illness: Diagnosis and Direction
4. Stories of Success and Satisfaction
5. Doctors in Conflict: Different Specialties, Different Stories
6. Rationality and Narrative: Media Stories About Safety and Risk
7. Vilification Stories: Plastic Surgery and Profit
8. Vilification Stories: The Fall of Dow Corning
9. Public Perceptions of the Implant Story
10. Interpreting the Stories: Lessons for Communicating About Health

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