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May 1944

PROSTHETIC RESTORATIONS FOR THE BREASTTECHNIC USING SPONGE RUBBER

Arch Surg. 1944;48(5):388-394. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230010399006
Abstract

A prosthesis ([ukn] a putting to, from [ukn] to put to) is an artificial substitute for any missing part of the body. Since most such corrections are for facial deformities and defects, much of the literature and the interest is concerned with facial restorations.1

In 1942 I2 described a prosthesis for the restoration of the defect caused by the amputation of the breast and presented the technic of its construction. That paper was concerned with the restoration of the breast after surgical ablation. With modern education patients suffering from diseases of the breast seek earlier consultation; carcinomas of the breast are seen in and removed from younger persons. For want of something better, women who have undergone amputation of the breast attempt esthetic correction of the defect by wearing brassieres filled with various materials, e. g. cotton, lamb's wool, upholsterer's hair and goose down. The brassieres must be

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