Article 2: Robert Shadle And James S. Olson, Dying Of Breast Cancer In The 1800s – Essay Example

Thesis: Death of breast cancer in the 1800’s was a hard ordeal that included surgery and embarrassment. Summary: The 1800’s learned more and more about “breast cancer” through anatomy developments (Shadle and Olson 107). Endocrine therapy began to emerge once the connections between the lymph nodes and cancer became apparent. The women that were diagnosed often died despite the best efforts of the doctors. These women died after having a massive single or double mastectomy. Toward the end of the 1800’s, the connection between removing the ovaries would improve the survival rate for a woman with breast cancer. The embarrassment of having to see a male doctor due to the majority of males being doctor was another ordeal for the woman. Breast cancer caused many problems including social, medical, and self esteem issues for these women.
Review: This article was informing about breast cancer, but a little biased towards a male’s point of view. Both authors were male, so their concern about women’s health falls flat. How can either man know how women in the 1800’s felt? Yes it is east to say that most women die after having their breast and ovaries removed, but where is the real emotion? No man will ever understand how the loss of breasts will make women feel unattractive and less of a woman. Many woman would prefer to die than lose a breast. I think these issues were not adequately addressed. Breast cancer was a tragedy due to the lack of knowledge and embarrassment caused by the time’s treatment. It is hard enough to have breast cancer today. In the 1800’s it was a horrific ordeal, and a death sentence.
Work Cited
Shadle, Robert and James S. Olson. “Dying of Breast Cancer in the 1800s.“ Ron Wright., Larry Watson, and Blanche Brick eds. Readings in United States History, Vol. I. New York: 2009.