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The Breast Implant Controversy 201 science and the Law
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1960s-1980s Silicon Gel Breast Implants (SGBIs) first developed in 1960s. By 1980s in widespread use for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery and for cosmetic purposes. As many as two million women in the US have had such implants. SGBIs never clinically tested for their safety as introduced before 1976 Federal law mandating testing of medical devices.
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1980s-1990s FDA committees reviewed SGBIs into the 1980s but found no problems. Start of 1990s substantial numbers of woman complained of leaks or ruptures causing local pain, inflammation and uncomfortable hardening of breast material. Some opted for repeat surgery or removed implants altogether.
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Severe chronic ailments linked to damage to immune system from silicone More and more women come forward with complaints December 1990 Conny Chung TV Show dramatizes problem Law suits start to appear and FDA gets interested
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1991 $7.34 million lawsuit in Californian
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2007 for the course S&TS 2011 taught by Professor Pinch,t. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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