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DES stories : faces and voices of people exposed to diethylstilbestrol
Braun, Margaret Lee.
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First edition.
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Rochester, N.Y. : Visual Studies Workshop Press, [2001]

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xxi, 103 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm
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RG627.6.D79 B73 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From 1938 to 1971, physicians prescribed diethylstilbestrol (DES) to prevent miscarriage and promote the birth of healthy infants. It was also used as a morning-after pill, a lactation suppressor, and a treatment for acne and some cancers. Ranchers added it to livestock feed. By 1970, a rare, sometimes fatal vaginal cancer began to appear in teenage girls, and research linked it to the DES that their mothers took. Scientists also discovered that the drug caused autoimmune disease, fertility problems, and urogenital deformities in exposed sons and daughters. Braun, a DES daughter, and Stuart, an award-winning photographer, show us the consequences of DES exposure by bringing us portraits and stories of 40 people affected by the drug. Mothers, sons, daughters, and spouses speak frankly about their struggles with illness, infertility, and guilt. Unlike traditional women's health or environmental studies books, this volume, appearing on the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the DES-cancer link, serves as both a cautionary tale and a monument to the resilience of the affected. Highly recommended for all collections. Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.