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November 1, 1930

NONMALIGNANT NODULES OF THE BREAST THE RESULT OF PROLAPSE

JAMA. 1930;95(18):1329-1332. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02720180023007
Abstract

The first mastectomy recorded for prolapsed hypertrophied breast was probably that done in 1669 by Durston, who says that "when opened nothing was found but prodigious bigness (64 lbs.)." In 1857 Velpeau gave a graphic description of the operation he had performed for virginal hypertrophy of the breast. Michel and Poussin were the first, in 1897, to devise a plastic operation for prolapsed hypertrophied breasts. The first operation in Germany for a similar condition was done in 1908 by Dehne. In 1910 the surgical congress in Geneva held a discussion on hypertrophy of the prolapsed breast, and the operation for its relief.

Little space has been given in the medical literature of this country to virginal hypertrophied breasts, but rather frequent mention is made of this condition and of operation in the surgical journals of Europe, especially in Germany. It was not, however, until 1923 that it began to be

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