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January 1985

The Breast

Arch Surg. 1985;120(1):117. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390250103019

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Pathologists specializing in breast disease traditionally relate well to surgeons, for we share the agony of many operative decisions that rest on their frozen-section calls. This little book contains nine papers presented at the 1983 meeting of the International Academy of Pathologists, which was devoted to controversial subjects involving breast cancer. The topics include benign lesions that are apt to be confused with cancer, the chaos surrounding minimal breast disease such as intraductal cancer and medullary cancer in situ, the value of steroid receptors, and the pros and cons of various forms of aspiration with the fine needle, tissue-core needle, or open operative biopsy. There is also a superbly written, no-nonsense chapter on mammography, describing in a few pages how the technique was developed, what it actually is, the criteria for interpretation, and its probabilities of accuracy. It is the kind of chapter that surgeons will like and it could

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