by Ann Jackowitz

Staying Alive

In 1995, a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (having both healthy breasts removed) was psychologist Janet Reibstein’s choice for survival. Staying Alive (Bloomsbury, $24.95) is Reibstein’s family memoir, told as both a personal journey and a history of current breast-cancer knowledge, treatments and women’s attitudes. In this book we learn how and why she arrived at her dramatic decision.

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