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Books, Journals, New Media
June 16, 2004

Breast Disease

Author Affiliations
 

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(23):2874-2875. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2874

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.

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