In the 1990s, general surgeons must have a working knowledge of "breast conservation" surgery, subcutaneous mastectomy, and applicable methods available for reconstructing the breast. Similarly, plastic surgeons involved in breast oncologic surgery must be knowledgeable about the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of the disease. This book combines, in moderate depth, material from both disciplines of general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
This large volume of material is covered in 67 well-written, concise chapters. The editors are to be commended on a fine textbook that contains contributions from 126 distinguished authors throughout the world. They have done an excellent job of presenting material in one of the most controversial areas in surgery today.
The first section gives a general overview of the epidemiology, pathology, and prognosis of breast cancer. These chapters are a brief but adequate review of the fundamental principles of this disease. The information is well referenced and