Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
While it has been 8 years since the fourth edition of Cancer of the Breast, edited by Donegan and Spratt, the reader is well
rewarded for the wait. The fifth edition has changed to reflect current understanding
of breast cancer, its diagnosis and treatment. The authors have added about
200 pages to accommodate new information. The publishers have changed to a
less reflective paper, making the text much easier to read.
Seven entirely new chapters have been added, including coverage of new
surgical techniques of sentinel lymph node biopsy and skin-sparing mastectomy.
Each stage of breast cancer is addressed with a separate chapter, including
a new addition focused on in situ breast cancer. The chapter on surgical technique
covers removal of biopsy tissue, breast tissue, and axillary tissue, and supportive
care, such as central line and port placement and management of lymphedema.
Lang NP. Breast Cancer. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2285-2286. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2285-a