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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nora A Royer, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: The fourth edition of one of the best textbooks in the field, this is a comprehensive overview of breast surgery and breast cancer treatments for the surgeon.
Purpose: The authors state that they wish to continue the tradition of the first edition, which "placed the diagnosis and therapy of breast disease in a working perspective." The fourth edition is quite timely, as this is a rapidly advancing field. As the book has grown in size and scope, it remains true to its purpose of being a comprehensive educational text on the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, both benign and malignant. This is a very topical book, as breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed in women today.
Audience: It is aimed at surgeons and those treating diseases of the breast, and it will be of interest to medical and radiation oncologists. It also will serve as a comprehensive resource for senior residents and fellows.
Features: This book covers a multitude of issues related to breast surgery and diseases of the breast and outlines the current treatment guidelines and standards for them. The current knowledge of molecular profiling/subtyping, carcinogenesis, metastasis, and invasion are stressed. The chapter on infiltrating carcinomas of the breast is a model of clarity, yet it lays a firm foundation for future advances in this rapidly growing area. Translational research is cited throughout. Outcomes research, as applied to breast problems, is thoroughly explained and cited. New breakthroughs in surgical, medical, and radiation therapy are thoroughly explored. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with color, and includes access to a web site with the fully searchable text and links to PubMed abstracts and other features.
Assessment: This is a timely update of a standard and extremely useful book that will be of value to anyone involved in the care of patients with breast diseases. It is an excellent reference for current treatment and techniques.