DES daughters: embodied knowledge and the transformation of by Susan E. Bell

By Susan E. Bell

How a wellbeing and fitness catastrophe helped supply upward push to the feminist overall healthiness care circulate

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5 By the 1950s, clinical studies demonstrated that DES was no more effective than a placebo in preventing miscarriage (Dieckmann et al. 1953; Ferguson 1953). In fact, William Dieckmann’s group at the University of Chicago conducted a double-blind study using the “Smith and Smith regime” that is generally regarded as helping establish the “gold standard” of randomized controlled clinical trials now required for FDA approval of all new drugs (Dieckmann et al. 9 Three years later, in 1974, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society initiated a national cooperative program to investigate and to treat the effects of prenatal DES exposure, the National Cooperative Diethylstilbestrol Adenosis Project (DESAD).

Seven of the women belonged to DES Action or the DCN; three of them were officers in one of these organizations at the state 34â•… Chapter 2 or national level. Eleven of the women had been plaintiffs in individual or class-action lawsuits; nine of these plaintiffs had had DES cancer. Two of the cases had been dropped, three had been settled out of court, and the rest were ongoing at the time of the interviews. 10 Esther developed cancer in the late 1960s. Her story exemplifies an “old regime” of practices, before the connection between prenatal exposure to DES and cancer had been identified, and before the name “DES daughter” had been given to women exposed to DES prenatally, at a time when vaginal cancer in premenopausal women was almost unprecedented.

Her story exemplifies an “old regime” of practices, before the connection between prenatal exposure to DES and cancer had been identified, and before the name “DES daughter” had been given to women exposed to DES prenatally, at a time when vaginal cancer in premenopausal women was almost unprecedented. Molly developed cancer in the early 1980s, and her story exemplifies a “new regime” of practices, when care for DES was becoming institutionalized, and DES knowledge circulated among specialists and specialist clinics, women’s health movement organizations and publications, and law practices.

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