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Despite their nakedness and the desperate condition of their bodies, they seem, at least to me, to stare back, not with shame or anger, but with a kind of dignified resignation. The upright heads and shoulders facing the lens head-on evoke the candor of a buttoned-up Victorian portrait. The image is grotesquely at odds with the fulminating disease on display below. Why did these women agree to be photographed? Were they flattered into believing that their tumors were rare enough to "excite" the interests of other surgeons?
99/449/00904 subject : Breast--Cancer--History--20th century, Breast--Cancer--Social aspects. Page iii A Darker Ribbon Breast Cancer, Women, and Their Doctors in the Twentieth Century Ellen Leopold Page iv Some images in the original version of this book are not available for inclusion in the netLibrary eBook. org BEACON PRESS BOOKS are published under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. � 1999 by Ellen Leopold All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America Excerpts from unpublished Rachel Carson material copyright © 1998 by Roger Christie.
But the open-endedness it offers instead has some advantages as well. " Lacking the narrative drive of a history of disease that is racing forward to meet its appointment with destiny, the story of breast cancer can afford to move at a slower pace, taking the time to linger in some unproductive cul-de-sacs, to gain in texture what it loses in plot. Its story, in other words, cannot be rushed or compromised by the so-called benefits of hindsight. Its indeterminate status also provides an opportunity and an open invitation, as the writers of literature on AIDS have demonstrated, to readers themselves to play a role in determining the final outcome.
A DARKER RIBBON: A TWENTIETH-CENTURY STORY OF BREAST CANCER, WOMAN, AND THEIR DOCTORS by Ellen Leopold