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Cancer of the Breast and its Treatment


    It is now more than six years since the exhaustion of the first edition of this book, in which Sampson Handley set out to place the operative treatment of cancer of the breast on a more rational basis by a closer study of the pathology of the disease. His main conclusions were: (1) that carcinoma spreads centrifugally by permeation of the lymphatic plexuses; (2) that reparative processes inadequate for cure are a normal part of the cancer process; (3) that inflammation and fibrous tissue formation are the principal of these defensive processes; (4) that invasion of the serous cavities is an event of critical importance in the process of dissemination; (5) that the embolic theory is only true for exceptional cases. The author instances much detailed evidence in support of these views, which have won widespread, though not universal, acceptance.

    Cancer of the Breast and its Treatment.

    By Prof. W. Sampson Handley. Second edition. Pp. xvii + 411. (London: Published for the Middlesex Hospital Press by J. Murray, 1922.) 30s. net.

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