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By Ellen Leopold

A Twentieth-Century tale of Breast melanoma, girls, and Their DoctorsIn the 1st cultural historical past of breast melanoma, Ellen Leopold asks how sexual politics have formed the connection among sufferer and healthcare professional, and the way a illness lately shrouded in secrecy has turn into so public.

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The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Archives, Cleveland, Ohio. Reprinted by permission of Helga Sandburg Crile. "Barbara Mueller" letters reprinted by permission of Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Excerpts from letters from Sim family correspondence reprinted by permission of Elizabeth N. Shor. 05 04 03 02 01 00 99 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 This book is printed on recycled acid-free paper that contains at least 20 percent postconsumer waste and meets the uncoated paper ANSI/NISO specifications for permanence as revised in 1992.

And there are thousands of them. Over the past few decades, feminist historians have written about the accumulation of unrecorded life lived by unknown women: This book is an acknowledgment of their unrecorded suffering and deaths. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Of course, I have many more immediate obligations to the living. The brief and formal acknowledgment I can offer them here is, I know, a very poor substitute for the abundant prose they deserve. comRaymond Eisenstark, John J. Simon, and Ernie Eban.

They had to become patients, to demonstrate, by their willing submission to treatment, their absolute faith in the therapeutic value of surgery. In 1913, the American Society for the Control of Cancer, the precursor to the American Cancer Society, was set up by physicians to achieve just this transformation. With no mandate (or funds) to undertake research, the fledgling society was neither well placed nor encouraged to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment it advocated. What it was set up to do was to influence public opinion.

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