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Amazons go shopping

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 03 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:309
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician (
  1. Belgrade

    We are a family of one breasted women; some of us have lost two. Mine are in pretty good shape; they have been widely admired in the past and have almost four feeding years racked up on their milometer (lactometer?). I have sensibly and unemotionally accepted that my breasts may be time limited parts of my body. Sometimes I wonder which one might get lopped off first—the ever lumpy right one, or the left one, which was the children's favourite. “Because you were close to my heart” I used to tell my two children when they asked me why as babies they liked feeding from my left breast the most.

    We are a family of matter of fact, over-achieving, well endowed women with careers and medals and babies. I self check with my patients, friends, and family. I hold cancer in awe but not in terror; if you get cancer, you deal with it and move on.

    My mother takes an Amazonian view that not many people look at …

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