Medicine: Rebuilding the Breast

After the removal of her left breast because of cancer in 1970, Mrs. Joan Dawson, 54, of New York City, spent the next three years battling depression and a sense of loss. Then she decided to do something about it. Most women in the same situation turn to a psychiatrist. Mrs. Dawson (not her real name) went to her doctor and asked him to rebuild her missing breast. "I didn't want to be made into a sensational beauty," she explained. "I just wanted to be restored." Her surgeon was able to do just that....

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