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March 27, 1996

Cancer of the Breast

Author Affiliations

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Little Rock

JAMA. 1996;275(12):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530360064045

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This is the fourth edition of an excellent text originally published in 1967. Since that original edition, understanding and treatment of breast cancer have undergone dramatic changes. The editors of this text and their chapter authors have done an excellent job of providing current information to the reader. The current edition has several new chapters, including those on benign breast diseases, oncogenes, legal issues, and community resources for patients.

While the title remains Cancer of the Breast, the new chapters increase the utility of the text in the practice of general surgery and surgical oncology. For many surgical oncologists, the treatment of a primary breast cancer, while complicated, is easily understood. It is the woman with a breast complaint, in whom the diagnosis either is not clear or is not cancer, whose management and follow-up at times become confusing. By broadening the coverage, the usefulness of this textbook for the