To bring order out of chaos is the worthy objective of this volume on breast cancer, edited by Dr Bonodonna of Milan, Italy. There is, without doubt, widespread uncertainty concerning the best treatment of breast cancer in 1985, and the more a surgeon studies the problem, the less certain he or she is that a management plan is beyond question. The simplistic days when breast cancer was equated with mastectomy are gone for reasons clear to any student of the problem. This book presents reasonable management plans for patients with breast cancer and provides the logic and data base for the advised technique. It is, however, a scholarly review more than a how-to manual.
There are 17 chapters by 28 star-studded experts lfrom Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Each chapter is tightly edited, filled with facts to support proposed sensible management plans, and extensively annotated. Several of