Philosophy and Medicine

The Voice of Breast Cancer in Medicine and Bioethics

Editors: Rawlinson, Mary C., Lundeen, Shannon (Eds.)

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Few diseases have made more difference to our understanding of illness, the relation of the patient to the physician and other health care professionals, and the social context of disease than breast cancer. Breast cancer activism has provided a model of public policy advocacy for women, as well as for sufferers from other diseases, and even in causes unrelated to health. In many ways it has become emblematic of issues in women’s health.

This volume offers a discursive analysis of breast cancer. From multiple perspectives—historical, philosophical, psychological, socio-political—these essays explore the competing narratives that have made breast cancer a contested site. It addresses debates about the autonomy of the patient in relation to the authority of the physician, as well as the importance of patient narratives in understanding disease. It analyzes the relation between the community and medical practice, particularly with regard to the effect of breast cancer activists and feminists on the medical understanding and treatment of breast cancer. And, it questions the intersection of medical science with political institutions and agencies of public policy in determining priorities of research and strategies of treatment.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Women Finding Their Own Ways to Live with Human Contingency Negotiating Personal and Political Settlements with Breast Cancer

    Pages 3-19

    Tong, Director Rosemarie (et al.)

  • Power, Gender, and Pizzazz: The Early Years of Breast Cancer Activism

    Pages 21-30

    Lerner, Barron

  • Breast Cancer: Dueling Discourses and the Persistence of an Outmoded Paradigm

    Pages 31-52

    Gertz, Gwynne

  • Doing Things with Ideas and Affects in the Illness Narratives Of Susan Sontag and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

    Pages 53-68

    Diedrich, Lisa

  • The Breast Cancer Diaries

    Pages 71-88

    Ho, Anita

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Voice of Breast Cancer in Medicine and Bioethics
Editors
  • Mary C. Rawlinson
  • Shannon Lundeen
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
88
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4477-9
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4477-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4508-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7139-2
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 205
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