The Silicone Breast Implant Story: Communication and Uncertainty [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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The Silicone Breast Implant Story: Communication and Uncertainty

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136689086
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Routledge Communication Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Authors' Story: A Project With a Life of Its Own 1
2 Stories of Implants and Illness: Loss and Confusion 18
3 Stories of Implants and Illness: Diagnosis and Direction 40
4 Stories of Success and Satisfaction 57
5 Doctors in Conflict: Different Specialties, Different Stories 87
6 Rationality and Narrative: Media Stories About Safety and Risk 111
7 Vilification Stories: Plastic Surgery and Profit 132
8 Vilification Stories: The Fall of Dow Corning 148
9 Public Perceptions of the Implant Story 165
10 Interpreting the Stories: Lessons for Communicating About Health 190
References 209
Author Index 219
Subject Index 225
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