June 1980

Cancer of the Breast

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn


ed 2, by William L. Donegan and John S. Spratt, Jr, 701 pp, 214 illus, $32, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(6):798. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380060094031

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The series of books entitled "Major Problems in Clinical Surgery" has established an excellent reputation dealing with such diverse topics as portal hypertension, liver trauma, surgery of the aged, and tumors of the large bowel, to mention only a few of the subjects previously discussed. The fifth and latest volume in this series is the second edition of Cancer of the Breast, and the new edition continues the excellence of the first publication in 1967.

Breast cancer remains a major problem facing the surgeon despite some 3,500 years of recognition of the disease process. Etiology and pathogenesis remain unclear, and conflicting therapeutic ideas plague both patient and physician. This volume addresses all aspects of breast cancer in a complete fashion, emphasizing the unknown as well as the accepted and allowing all viewpoints an opportunity for expression. The contributing authors do not try to promulgate a single viewpoint, but allow the

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