Medicine: Invitation to the Dance

Wounded not only physically but also psychologically by a mastectomy, or removal of a cancerous breast, women who have undergone the operation often withdraw into inactivity and self-pity. But a dozen Californians who have gone through mastectomies have a livelier outlook on life. Thanks to a program of dance therapy developed by Diana Welch, 41, an artist-in-residence at the University of Santa Clara, they have been able to take advantage of the graceful, flowing action of classical ballet to regain fuller use of arms whose movements had been limited by the scarring produced...

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