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October 3, 1925


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Quincy, Ill.

JAMA. 1925;85(14):1059-1060. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26710140001013a

Mrs. B., aged 48, referred to me, June 8, 1920, by the Mayo Clinic, for postoperative roentgen-ray therapy for carcinoma of the breast, had not had any serious previous illness, except diphtheria when a child. Her general health had always been good. She had no children. In October, 1918, she noted a small lump in the right breast, which was about the size of a quarter and was not associated with any pain. She immediately consulted a physician, and two days later had the whole breast removed, but did not have any of the axillary glands dissected, for a radical operation was not thought necessary and was not contemplated unless a pathologic examination revealed malignancy. Sections made from the growth removed were reported nonmalignant. In March, 1920, she noticed a small nodule in the skin of the right axilla. This was removed and found to be malignant. She then went

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