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October 3, 1986

Diseases of the Breast

Author Affiliations

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Beth Israel Hospital Boston

 

by C. D. Haagensen, ed 3: 1050 pp, 800 illus, $90, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1986.

JAMA. 1986;256(13):1805-1806. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380130133045

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Abstract

This classic textbook has been updated and revised in a third edition. It remains essentially single authored and as such presents the unique viewpoint of a man who has dedicated his life to the careful and meticulous surgical-pathological study of breast diseases. Haagensen can rightfully claim to have been the first to propose breast self-examination; to suggest that lobular neoplasia wasn't actually carcinoma; to disparage the concept of fibrocystic disease; to classify breast cancers according to size, clinical findings, and nodal status; and to establish a breast unit where statistics and data could be maintained and analyzed (only 13 of his private cancer patients have been lost during follow-up over 47 years). This new edition is the fruit of these labors and as such stands as a powerful tribute to his life's work.

Most chapters have been either rewritten or updated to include more follow-up data and many illustrative case

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