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The operations of the familial body: genes, family and hereditary cancer

Witchard, Alison Monique


This thesis examines the experiences of 47 Australian and American women who have been tested for BRCA1- and BRCA2-associated hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome. Existing anthropological approaches to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome assert a stern analytic division between biomedical and genetic, and familial relatedness. By asserting the primacy of the individual, these approaches attempt to rescue the socially connected at-risk woman...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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