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October 25, 1995

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book

Author Affiliations

University of New Mexico School of Medicine Albuquerque

JAMA. 1995;274(16):1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530160066041

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As I wrote in my review of the first edition, Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book covers the breast from A to Z in a scientific, noncondescending, readable style. For this second edition, Dr Love has reorganized, updated, and added new material, which has expanded the book from 455 to 627 pages.

The book's seven parts include, "The Healthy Breast," "Common Problems of the Breast," "Diagnosis of Breast Problems," "The Causes of Breast Cancer," "The Diagnosis of Breast Cancer," "Treating Breast Cancer," and "Living With Breast Cancer." Six appendixes provide information on, among other things, drugs used for systemic breast cancer treatment, regional support organizations,journal references, and comprehensive cancer centers.

A marked change from the first edition is Dr Love's dismissal and even condemnation of the practice of breast self-examination (BSE) as a technique for breast cancer detection. She feels that while women should get to know their breasts, the monthly

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