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November 12, 1982

Axillary Extra Mammary Tissue

JAMA. 1982;248(18):2241. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330180015019

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To the Editor.—  I believe that "MD, New York" and his 15-year-old patient who complained of the extramammary breast in the axilla are entitled to an additional opinion. The one offered in The Journal suffers from "the misleading generalizations and unconscious prejudice" referred to by Spodick in his quotation from Science and Common Sense by James Bryant Conant in the same issue (1982;247:2258).The Olympian opinion offered to this poor adolescent girl included the avoidance of salt and monosodium glutamate; the avoidance of caffeine, tea, cola drinks, chocolate, and cocoa. In addition, she is to take vitamin B complex and vitamin E capsules. She is to wear a bra not only to support the breasts, but also the breast in the axilla. How this latter maneuver is to be accomplished is left up to the ingenuity of the inquiring physician and his patient. The consultant also recommended to avoid tight