Breast Implant

Breast Implant

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In 1961, in collaboration with the Dow Corning Corporation, two American plastic surgeons Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow, developed a breast prosthesis filled with silicone gel. The first implantation was performed in 1962. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating the safety implants in 1988.
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Object Name
Breast Implant
Breast Implant of Silicone Gel
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 38 mm x 115 mm x 102 mm; 1 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 in
overall: 1 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 11.43 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of J. Harry DuBois
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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