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October 4, 2000

Breast ImplantsCleavage: Technology, Controversy, and the Ironies of the Man-Made Breast

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;284(13):1713-1714. doi:10.1001/jama.284.13.1713-JBK1004-4-1

The fiasco surrounding silicone breast implants has been variously blamed on manufacturers who made them, plastic surgeons who inserted them, women who requested them, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), greedy lawyers, and the media who sensationalized the story.

In this fascinating book, medical sociologist Nora Jacobson examines the positions of all of these players using a methodologic approach known as social constructionism. This approach eschews "objective realities" in favor of examining the processes through which members of society create their own realities. Certainly, few other contemporary conflicts have exhibited so many layers and versions of "reality."

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