November 1980

Problems in Breast Pathology

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn


by John G. Azzopardi, 466 pp, 262 illus, $39.50, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(11):1404-1405. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380110136028

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Azzopardi has written an excellent monograph on problems in the diagnostic aspects of pathology of the breast, their interpretation, and their significance. The author states that he has made no deliberate attempt to be comprehensive, but has rather comprehensively dealt with the problem areas in breast pathology. He has done so by having selected references mainly from the last ten to 20 years, by having thoughtfully picked apart these articles to present the views of the authors, and by having added his own impressions from his vast experience. The result is a timely review of controversies in this most controversial area.

The book starts with a description of the macroscopic appearance of breast lesions, moves on to the microanatomy of the breast, and then discusses several benign entities. These start with the various epithelial hyperplasias, move on to fibroadenoma and then to cystic disease. The histogenesis of early carcinoma is

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