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April 2, 1960

Cancer of the Breast

JAMA. 1960;172(14):1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020140109027

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This latest monograph on breast cancer is like the new maid, who, when dusting, rearranges the dust. A moratorium on such publications may be indicated. The format of the book is convenient and only minor defects in proofreading were noted. Warren Cole incorrectly applies the term "Urban operation" to the so-called "super-radical operation." Dahl-Iversen and Margottini antedate him. Should not the procedure have been described in the original way as "radical mastectomy with `en bloc' in continuity resection of the internal mammary lymph-node chain"?

In regard to surgical reporting, it may be recalled that the Halsted-Meyer operation for breast cancer did not initiate the radical attack on mammary carcinoma. Mr. Charles Moore of Middlesex Hospital in 1867, discussing inadequate operations, stressed the necessity "in every case of removing the whole breast, unsound adjoining structures— skin, lymphatics, pectoral muscle and axillary glands." Lister in the same decade and Banks in 1882

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