Monday, April 11, 2005

Breasts

OK, let's see what advertizements we get with that.

So our FDA is hearing vital information on breast implants today. Yes, that's our tax money at work, so we can make the world safe for large, yet naturally feeling breats.

It reminds me of one of my war stories from residency. I was an intern, not yet versed in the ways of the medical world, when Ms. P came to the ER.

Let me state for the record that I am in favor of patient autonomy. Facial tattoos, fine. Want to cut your nipples, penis, tongue in half, fine. If it doesn't hurt anyone else, fine. I reserve the right of commentary obviously, with approval and disapproval on esthetic and functional basis, but you reserve the right of body modification.

Some women chose to obtain surgical implants to increase their breast size. From anthill to molehill, perhaps. Again, who am I to judge? I tend to think that the surgical implantation of a foreign material into the body for no reason other than bug tits is: stupid, not necessary, risky - but whatever - that's just me and my prudish sensibilities. I also think that testicular and penile implants are equally stupid.

Ms. P made the decision to go from size unknown to size water tower.

OK. Now she looked like a weeble wobble. Like I said, fine. I only reserve the right of commentary.

She came to the ER with jaundice. Cancer. Widespread. Her implants have already outlived her.
It was a sad case, just like all of them. But I couldn't help being especially horrified at her medical body modification in the setting ofreal medical illness.

4 Comments:

Blogger Herbinator said...

"horrified at her medical body modification"

Comment worthy. Good one.

8:03 AM  
Blogger marybishop said...

This story exemplifies my voodoo juju feelings about things like cosmetic surgery. If I would dare to take up the time of a surgeon to pump up my bazoooms would I then suffer from some hideous cancer that would eat my face away?

Oh the joys of being brought up a Catholic instilled with guilt and trepidation.

doc - how do you feel about having a limb removed because it doesn't jive with your body image...I did a post a while ago on...Apotemnophilia.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

hummm. Limb removal...

I never considered it for myself. But I suppose if it offends you, then sure. It's slightly less weird than putting an artificial material beneath your skin to increase the perceived size of: breast tissue, calf muscle, chest muscle, jaw bone, nose bone/cartiledge, hair - because it's simply the removal of things.

11:54 AM  
Blogger laurenbove said...

Personally I prefer what comes natural be it big or small. I am thankful that most men have not taken to artifically altering their penis in this fashion. Real is better, any day of the week.

I find it amazing that Bextra and Vioxx need to be whipped off the shelves and patients be given the advice of "Tylenol and a relaxing bath" yet these fake boobie towers are allowed to go on no matter what the side effect.

Life has side effects. It also used to have more choices.

Bah!

2:01 PM  

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