Informed Consent: A story of personal tragedy and corporate betrayal...inside the silicone breast implant crisis

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Colleen Swanson had silicone breast implants and a thick file of baffling medical problems to go with them. Her husband, John, worked for Dow Corning, the implant maker, as a loyal spokesman and public conscience. The Swansons' agonizing personal and professional saga, and the alleged corporate cover-up behind it, have been chronicled in Informed Consent.

With great passion and immediacy, noted Business Week journalist John Byrne chronicles the dramatic and painful ...

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Overview

Colleen Swanson had silicone breast implants and a thick file of baffling medical problems to go with them. Her husband, John, worked for Dow Corning, the implant maker, as a loyal spokesman and public conscience. The Swansons' agonizing personal and professional saga, and the alleged corporate cover-up behind it, have been chronicled in Informed Consent.

With great passion and immediacy, noted Business Week journalist John Byrne chronicles the dramatic and painful story of Colleen Swanson, who was permanently disfigured as a result of silicone breast implants, and her husband, John, one of the architects of Dow-Corning's official public relations response maintaining that silicone breast implants were completely safe.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This wrenching, compelling personal story raises vital questions for corporate ethics programs. Michigan executive John Swanson, creator and overseer of Dow Corning's ethics program, faced a moral crisis when his wife, Colleen, began experiencing problems that she attributed to her Dow-manufactured silicone breast implants: severe migraines, debilitating joint and back pain, numbness in her arms and hands and extreme fatigue. In 1991, she underwent removal of the leaking implants, which had been in her chest for 17 years. Her husband then recused himself from Dow's silicone breast implant business, telling his employers that he would no longer help the company defend itself against the growing onslaught of criticism and lawsuits. He had gradually come to believe that Dow had failed to fully inform women of the known risks and had ignored numerous opportunities to get out of the implant business gracefully. Colleen Swanson settled a lawsuit against Dow Corning out of court in 1993, and her husband, stigmatized at work, retired that same year. Byrne (Whiz Kids) is a writer for Business Week. 75,000 first printing; $80,000 ad/promo; first serial to Business Week; author tour. (Oct.)
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Like many other women, Colleen Swanson believed that her silicone breast implants were responsible for the debilitating medical problems that had plagued her for 17 years. But unlike other women, her husband was an executive at Dow Corning, which manufactured the implants. John Swanson was, moreover, the architect of the company's much-lauded corporate ethics policy. Byrne, a Businessweek journalist, follows the events of the breast implant controversy as he parallels the physical, moral, and emotional dilemmas of the Swansons. Although he focuses on Dow Corning's liability, he includes the opinions of those who believe that the implants are safe. A fascinating look at a highly complex issue, this is recommended for public and academic libraries.-Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070117846
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill School Education Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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