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Un Grande Courage


Fanny Burney 's account of her mastectomy.  Copyright 2011 Rhonda Abrams

1811 Mastectomy

In 1811, Frances Burney undergoes a mastectomy in France.  Her experience is recorded in a letter to her sister.

Although a bit gruesome and heart wrenching, her courage and her ability to withstand the pain is inspiring.  With only a glass of wine to calm her, she is conscious through the whole three hour operation, except for a few moments of fainting.

She lives another 29 years.









Author: Rhonda

Documenting all the things I have done in an attempt to survive cancer.

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