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October 3, 1980

Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy

Author Affiliations

College of Medicine/Dentistry of New Jersey Rutgers Medical School Piscataway, NJ

JAMA. 1980;244(14):1624. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310140082048

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The modern era of breast reconstruction is now about ten years old. It is important for the plastic surgeon working in this field to have a thorough knowledge of the treatment of breast cancer.

Georgiade and his colleagues at the Duke University School of Medicine have put together in this book of less than 300 pages a review of all the material that is necessary for the complete understanding of the problems of breast cancer and its aftermath.

There is ample discussion of the surgical anatomy of the breast. Modern-day treatment of breast cancer is reviewed. The authors deal in-depth with the clinical significance of histopathologic lesions. The separation of the woman from her tumor is not the end of her care but only the beginning. The psychological effects of her experience with her mastectomy are well documented.

When carrying out reconstruction following mastectomy, the plastic surgeon must deal with