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January 21, 1939

Surgical Pathology

JAMA. 1939;112(3):267. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800030077033

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This work is well known to every medical graduate. The importance of pathology to the surgeon can never be overestimated, nor will he always have a pathologist at his beck to diagnose for him. Dr. Boyd emphasizes this especially with regard to carcinoma of the breast, demanding ability on the part of the surgeon to make a gross diagnosis, agreeing in this wise with the precept of Lecene. However, carcinoma of the breast is not always recognizable grossly nor does it ever call for an emergency operation such that the pathologist cannot be on hand. The continually changing concepts of pathology demand constant revisions in its textbooks, even though certain fundamental tenets still remain. Dr. Boyd has in many ways admirably adapted this book to the newer pathology. The relation of endometrial phases to the ductless glands is suggested and a more rational use of endocrine therapy on the basis

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