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.
This two-volume, third edition of an excellent textbook comes from a
high-caliber team of editors and associate editors. They have produced a thorough
and well-written resource for physicians who manage patients with breast diseases.
The editors and contributors comprise an impressive group of experts. The Breast is carefully divided into sections and chapters
that make it easy to find specific information.
The textbook covers topics ranging from the history of breast cancer
treatment through current understanding of the correct surgical, medical,
and radiation treatments for different stages of breast cancer. Along the
way, the reader is treated with well-written chapters that discuss technical
issues such as the nuances of breast biopsy and sentinel node biopsy; the
techniques of simple, modified radical, and radical mastectomy; and the role
of hormonal therapy in the management of breast cancer. Several well-written
chapters provide excellent information on the diagnosis and management of
a variety of benign breast conditions. In all these chapters, excellent tables
and graphs supplement the text and highlight key points. The figures showing
findings from histology, cytology, and immunohistochemistry and radiographs
are of high quality and an excellent addition.
Lang NP. Breast Disease. JAMA. 2004;291(23):2874-2875. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2874