SLEIGHTS OF SILICONE

THE LEGAL WRANGLING OVER BREAST IMPLANTS MAY TEST THE ABILITY OF SCIENCE TO STAND UP IN COURT

When a Texas surgeon put Dow Corning silicone implants in Uneeda Laitinen's breasts 25 years ago, he assured her they were not just safe but indestructible. "He said when I was dead in my grave, I'd have beautiful breasts," she recalls. But going from a 34B to a 36C seemed to bring on a plethora of problems: severe migraines, memory loss, aching joints and nerves so damaged that Laitinen was unaware that a hot skillet was searing her until she smelled burning flesh. Her cyst-riddled ovaries were removed, and she developed eight stomach tumors. "There's no history in my family, no...

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