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Sydney Ross Singer - author of Dressed to Kill

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Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer are a husband-and wife medical anthropology team, the co-authors of several groundbreaking and controversial health books, and the co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. They are internationally recognized for their revolutionary and shocking research linking breast cancer with the wearing of tight bras, which they describe in their book, Dressed To Kill.

Sydney was trained in biochemistry, anthropology and medicine.  He received a B.S. in biology from the University of Utah in 1979. He then spent two years in the biochemistry Ph.D. program at Duke University, followed by another two years at Duke in the anthropology Ph.D. program, receiving a Master’s Degree. He then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, Texas on a full academic scholarship, where he spent one year in the medical humanities Ph.D. program, and received an additional two years training in medical school. He left medical school to help develop a new field of applied medical anthropology.