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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2000. Information for Women About the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9618.
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Information for Women About the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants

Martha Grigg, Stuart Bondurant, Virginia L. Ernster, and Roger Herdman, Editors

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2000. Information for Women About the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9618.
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The project from which this publication was derived, Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, was carried out by a committee of the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Support for the project was provided by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Task Order No. 36, Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Information for women about safety of silicone breast implants / Martha Grigg ... [et al.], editors ; Institute of Medicine.

p. ; cm.

Derived from Safety of silicone breast implants.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-06593-3

1. Breast Implants—Complications. 2. Silicones—Toxicology. 3. Mammaplasty. I. Grigg, Martha. II Institute of Medicine (U.S.)

[DNLM: 1. Breast Implants—adverse effects—Popular Works. 2. Silicone Gels—adverse effects—Popular Works. WP 910 I43 2000]

RD539.8 .I54 2000

618.1′90592—dc21

99-058759

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2000. Information for Women About the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9618.
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COMMITTEE ON THE SAFETY OF SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS

STUART BONDURANT, M.D.

(Chair),

is a

Professor of Medicine

at the

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

VIRGINIA L. ERNSTER, Ph.D.

(Vice Chair),

is a

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

at the

University of California at San Francisco

MARGIT L. BLEECKER, M.D., Ph.D.,

is the

Director

of the

Center for Occupational and Environmental Neurology in Baltimore, Maryland

DIANE V. DADO, M.D., is an

Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

at

Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago

CARL J. D'ORSI, M.D.,

is a

Professor of Radiology

at the

University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester

JOANN G. ELMORE, M.D., M.P.H.,

is an

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

at the

University of Washington

THOMAS J. FAHEY, Jr., M.D.,

is the

Senior Vice President for Clinical Program Development

at

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City

BRIAN E. HENDERSON, M.D.,

is a

Professor of Preventive Medicine

at the

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California

ARTHUR C. MARTELLOCK, Ph.D.,

is a

consultant

in

Pittsford, New York

CHRIS D. PLATSOUCAS, M.D.,

is a

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

at the

Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia

NAOMI F. ROTHFIELD, M.D.,

is a

Professor of Medicine and Rheumatic Diseases

at the

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

DIANA TAYLOR, R.N., N.P., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.,

is an

Associate Professor of Family Health Care Nursing

at the

University of California at San Francisco

RALPH C. WILLIAMS, Jr., M.D.,

is

Professor Emeritus of Medicine

at the

University of Florida

IOM Staff

ROGER HERDMAN,

Study Director

ANNICE HIRT,

Research Associate

STACEY PATMORE,

Research Associate

PATRICIA J. SPAULDING,

Project Assistant

KATHLEEN R. STRATTON,

Director,

Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

DONNA D. THOMPSON,

Division Assistant

SHARON GALLOWAY,

Financial Associate

Staff Consultants

WESTLEY REEVES,

Associate Professor,

Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

HANSPETER WITSCHI,

Professor of Toxicology,

Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California at Davis

Drawings by Roberto Osti. Design by Anne Rogers.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." Institute of Medicine. 2000. Information for Women About the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9618.
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CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

The Institute of Medicine report Safety of Silicone Breast Implants evaluates the evidence for associations of these devices with human health conditions, provides a comprehensive list of references, and makes recommendations for further research.

This publication, which is derived exclusively from that report, is a step toward meeting one of its recommendations—that is, making the information contained in the original report available to women who have or who are considering breast implants. In this publication, the Institute seeks to provide a short, easily understood version of that information to women.

Stuart Bondurant

Chair

Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants

Virgina L. Ernster

Vice Chair

Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants

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When the Institute of Medicine began their comprehensive study of the safety of silicone breast implants, they heard directly from many women who suffer severe systemic illnesses. While convinced that in most instances the implants were not causally related to their conditions, the committee noted that many women felt strongly that they were not provided with adequate information on which to base their decision to have these implants. This short, 16-page guide puts this vital information in simple terms for women who have had implants or are considering them. Learn the risks -- and the facts -- today.

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