Until very recent times tuberculosis of the breast has been considered one of the rarest surgical conditions; this is especially true of primary tuberculosis of this gland. Prior to 1880 we find practically no mention of this condition in surgical treatises save by Astley Cooper and Velpeau. Billroth, in his monograph on diseases of the breast, regarding all previous reports on this subject as inaccurate and lacking histologic confirmation, mentions a case of undoubted tuberculosis of the breast found postmortem in a woman who had died of pulmonary and intestinal tuberculosis. Since this time reports of these cases have multiplied, although the total number of authenticated cases of primary tuberculosis is still considerably below fifty. Of this number less than ten have been contributed by our own countrymen, two of them having been reported by Powers of Denver. In view of the fact that the diagnosis is by no means
FREIBERG AH. TUBERCULOSIS OF THE MAMMARY GLAND. JAMA. 1898;XXX(26):1504–1506. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440780018002c
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