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Dr. James Burt believed women’s bodies were broken, and only he could fix them. In the 1950s, this Ohio OB-GYN developed what he called “love surgery,” a unique procedure he maintained enhanced the sexual responses of a new mother, transforming her into “a horny little house mouse.” Burt did so without first getting the consent of his patients. Yet he was allowed to practice for over thirty years, mutilating hundreds of women in the process.

It would be easy to dismiss Dr. Burt as a monstrous aberration, a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein. Yet as medical historian Sarah Rodriguez reveals, that’s not the whole story. The Love Surgeon asks tough questions about Burt’s heinous acts and what they reveal about the failures of the medical establishment: How was he able to perform an untested surgical procedure? Why wasn’t he obliged to get informed consent from his patients? And why did it take his peers so long to take action?

The Love Surgeon is both a medical horror story and a cautionary tale about the limits of professional self-regulation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Janet Phillips, 1981
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  1. Introduction: Creepy Surgery Performed on New Moms
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  1. Chapter 1. The One in the White Coat, 1921-1978
  2. pp. 7-26
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  1. Chapter 2. Dayton Doctor Develops Corrective Surgery, 1975-1978
  2. pp. 27-46
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  1. Janet Phillips, 1981
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Chapter 3. Surgical Development and Regulation
  2. pp. 49-68
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  1. Chapter 4. The Dayton Medical Community Reacts, 1976-1980
  2. pp. 69-94
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  1. Chapter 5. Investigating the Medical Profession in Ohio, 1980-1986
  2. pp. 95-106
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  1. Janet Phillips, 1981-1984
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  1. Chapter 6. Turn on Your Radio for the Love Surgeon, 1978-1988
  2. pp. 111-116
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  1. Chapter 7. The Women and the Surgery, 1970-1986
  2. pp. 117-126
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  1. Janet Phillips, 1986-1987
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. Chapter 8. Tabloid Headlines, 1988-1989
  2. pp. 131-162
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  1. Chapter 9. Love Surgery on Trial
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. Conclusion: Stock Assumptions
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  1. Appendix: Questions to Ask If Considering an Elective Surgery
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Available titles in the Critical Issues in Health and Medicine series
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781978800991
Related ISBN
9781978800960
MARC Record
OCLC
1182818066
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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