This book, an annual symposium of the Educational Foundation of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, records a joint conference with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in February 1972. Material from a later symposium on premalignant breast lesions and additional information from panel members is added. The 35 participants present ten of the 16 chapters as formal presentations and six in a question and answer format. A 17-page bibliography records the published works of the contributors on breast disease.
Premalignant breast disease, subcutaneous mastectomy, augmentation mammoplasty, reconstruction after radical mastectomy, and chest wall reconstruction are discussed. An experimental study of mammary duct obstruction in rats and a large clinical experience with mammography and operative specimen mammography are also presented.
It seems quite apparent that the original symposium and this volume were designed to acquaint general surgeons with alternatives to simply ablating the female breast, and to increase awareness