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"Whether silicone-gel-filled breast implants cause connective tissue disease is not ultimately a matter of opinion or legal argument; it is a matter of biological fact. Either they cause connective tissue disease (alone or in conjunction with other factors) or they don't. Plaintiffs' attorneys, consumer advocates, implant manufacturers, and scientists can debate the point as loudly and insistently as they like, but the noise of the debate should not be allowed to obscure the basic truth that the question has an answer and the answer lies in nature. The only way to learn whether breast implants cause connective tissue disease is by scientific studies."

--Marcia Angell, M.D.
Science On Trial
WW Norton, New York, 1996


By Marilyn Musick
Photos by Lisa Currier