4 out of 4 stars
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Would it surprise you to know that only two percent of medical devices that are implanted in the human body are actually tested on people? What do you know about the medical device approval process? Have you seen the lawsuits against makers of transvaginal mesh? If any of these questions intrigue you, then you'll want to read Crystal Mesh by Alicia Mundy with Jennifer Banmiller.
This book details the whole mesh debacle. The authors discuss everything about mesh from what exactly it is to the different brands and makers to the issues in implanting, and subsequently explanting, it. Furthermore, there are stories from women whose lives have been ruined by it. At the end of the book, you might very well question the medical community and the products that go into your body.
I appreciated the research that went into this book. There are statistics, actual documents from various sources, interviews from experts in the fields, and a timeline of events. Also, a list of sources is included to legitimize the book and allow for further study. This wasn't thrown together haphazardly but took years of careful planning.
So many facts evoked feelings of anger that I can't begin to share them. The most eye-opening were the stories from the affected women. For example, Katrina was bounced around from doctor to doctor as she struggled to find the source of her problems (including pain for both Katrina and her husband during sexual relations).
Think I'm being melodramatic? Consider this quote from an expert - a doctor who specializes in removing mesh from women. "I have seen women with their vaginas essentially mutilated. So scarred and disformed. . .as to be left with a nonfunctional vagina or a dysfunctional bladder and urethra."
Honestly, there's not much in the way of negatives in this book. There were only a few small errors, meaning the book was carefully edited. Not everyone will appreciate this book, however. Those who have absolute faith in the medical community and believe they can do no wrong - and they are out there - may find this simply unbelievable. There are too many facts to ignore; it's clear this isn't being fabricated or blown out of proportion. These are real issues affecting real women that need real resolutions.
Crystal Mesh deserves no less than 4 out of 4 stars. It needs to be read by every woman, especially those in America. More so, doctors that trust the FDA's approval of medical devices cannot afford to skip this. Lawmakers who get campaign funding from many of these companies must pick this up to see what this money is costing women the world over. Reform is needed, and it's needed now.
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