April 14, 1975

The Treatment of Breast Cancer

Author Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh


by Sir Hedley Atkins, 222 pp, $19.50, Baltimore, University Park Press, 1974.

JAMA. 1975;232(2):194. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250020060036

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This small book edited by Sir Hedley Atkins has, as contributors, six physicians highly experienced in the treatment of breast cancer, in their special areas of expertise. In addition to their clinical experience, they have participated in both basic and clinical research. The presentations review the literature with excellent bibliographies and present the multiplicity of opinions and approaches now present in the field. Recommendations regarding management show the particular bias of the contributors.

The most useful part of the book appeared to be the section on management of "Primary Cancer of the Breast," by A. P. M. Forrest of Edinburgh. For this condition he provided a full outline of treatment, which could provide a useful model for the practicing physician to follow. There are schemata of management for both premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer patients, presented by F. J. Ansfield of Madison, Wis. This could be useful even though the