In the recent surgical literature there are seven articles to which I should like to call special attention.1 Six of these deal with preoperative irradiation in the treatment of carcinoma of the breast. The seventh is concerned chiefly with the statistical study of cancers of the breast treated by surgical measures alone and by surgical measures and postoperative irradiation. From one of these articles, namely, that of Adair and Stewart, I have taken the following data on eighty-one cases of operable carcinoma of the breast in which preoperative irradiation was followed by a radical Halstead operation.
In each of these cases biopsy was performed preliminary to irradiation.
In the Nova Scotia Medical Bulletin of June 1935 Bloodgood gave his conclusions in favor of irradiation preliminary to operation for carcinoma of the breast.
Bloodgood and Stewart, in a brief paper in the Southern Medical Journal for July 1936, made further