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By Susan E. Bell

From the Forties to the Seventies, hundreds of thousands of girls have been uncovered prenatally to the artificial estrogen DES, a “wonder drug” meant to avoid miscarriages. despite the fact that, DES really had harmful results for the ladies born from DES moms. The “DES daughters” as they're identified, have been came across to have an extraordinary kind of vaginal melanoma or have been infertile. They have been additionally in danger for miscarriages, stillbirths, and ectopic pregnancies.

In DES Daughters, Susan Bell recounts the stories of this iteration of “victims.” In relocating, heartfelt narratives, she offers the voices of these ladies who built melanoma, those that have been cancer-free yet have matters approximately changing into pregnant, and those that suffered different clinical and/or reproductive difficulties.

Bell examines the hierarchy of information and tool of scientists, medical professionals, and daughters, tracing the emergence of a feminist overall healthiness circulate. The “embodied wisdom” of those DES daughters caused them to turn into advocates and shape a social flow that challenged reproductive clinical wisdom in particular, but in addition the politics of women’s healthiness regularly. Bell’s vital booklet chronicles the historical past and way forward for those grassroots activists born out of affliction, affliction, and uncertainty.

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