Ms. Stanistreet has succinctly and incisively analyzed the social, economic, medical and political components which were deployed in the development, marketing and post-marketing defense of silicone gel breast implants.
A narrative of her personal journey serves as a poignant and effective infrastructure for the transmission of scientific and medical knowledge.
This is a compelling read-with adequate scientific information to satisfy the medical provider and a storyline that humanizes this unique social phenomenon.
Michael Harbut, MD MPH FCCP
This book tells the story of Barbara Stanistreet’s iatrogenic illness, prosthetic mammoplasty sensitivity syndrome, and her nightmare journey over several decades through the largely uncomprehending highways and byways of the medical system.
It has only been through her innate intelligence, courage and determination that she has not only survived but also in the process acquired a deep understanding of her illness, and the strengths and flaws of modern medicine and its practitioners. It is her determination to share her hard-won knowledge and insights for the benefit of us all that motivates and drives this very personal book.
Dr. Thomas E. Dylan
Barbara Stanistreet’s publication, The Boobie Trap, is both timely and extraordinary, not just because of the skill with which it is written, nor the painstaking research that underpins it, but because of the content of Barbara’s account. In 23 absorbing chapters, Barbara retraces the complex trail of misdiagnosis and mismanagement that began with initial implant surgery following bilateral mastectomy in 1984.
The Boobie Trap poses questions and provides answers. What has caused the widespread failure of informed consent? Is it the responsibility of government to safeguard its citizens or to protect foreign commercial interests? And why do doctors, some doctors, fail to listen to their patients who suffer from persistent and intractable symptoms following silicone breast implantation?Barbara applied her formidable intelligence to the task of wading into the controversy surrounding silicone implants.
I am in awe of your inner strength and fortitude whilst so very ill. To continually seek out medical professional after medical professional, undergo test after test, and face seemingly never-ending bureaucratic battles to get the right answers so desperately required is a great testament to you.
There must be thousands of women out there whose suffering is needlessly magnified by the lack of proper information but who do not have the ability or resources to seek such information. I do hope your book reaches as many of these women as possible.
Although I know your journey is far from over, I do hope your health continues to improve and that life becomes a little easier for you. It looks as though you are on the right track with getting your story out there and I wish you every success.