Thursday, March 31, 2011

The History of Breast Cancer

(Warning includes some early drawings of primitive surgery)


Fox News recently had a health segment on breast cancer through art through the years. I found it very interesting.

- Breast cancer was first known by the Egyptians in 3000 BC and there was no treatment.

- Treatment has only been more than a mastectomy in the past 100 years.

I found it incredibly interesting to talk about the history of such an ailment and how it was portrayed. Maybe I'll add their book to the list of books I should read and haven't gotten around to it. I find a level of frustration in that the disease has been known for 5000 years and only treated for such a short time and there is still no cure. The writers talk about there being a cure in the next 50 years but that is conjecture.

3 comments:

breast reconstruction surgery Los Angeles said...

The mastectomy and breast construction thereafter has been a relief for many who have been able to be diagnosed at the early stages.But yes depression is a part and parcel of the disease.

Anonymous said...

INteresting post. Did you know that the woman author is the daughter of Lidia Bastianich, the TV chef? The daughter has a PhD in art history. Robin

John Spratt said...

Very good info ! Thank You for sharing !
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