Recent Literature A Practical Treatise on Materia Medica and Therapeutics . By Roberts Bartholow, M.A., M.D., LL.D., Professor of Materia Medica, General Therapeutics and Hygiene in Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, etc. Eighth edition, revised and enlarged. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1893

1894 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
lump that quite young women have in their breasts. It is a source of great anxiety. When I was a student such lumps used to be left in ; now a good many surgeons take them out. I should like to ask Dr. Richardson if he will tell us his view about the matter. Dr. Richardson: My advice to a young woman with a fibroma of the breast is this : if it troubles her very much, she can easily and safely have it removed. In leaving it alone the dangers to health are very slight. The pain and tenderness
more » ... n and tenderness are frequently the result of her constantly examining it ; if she lets it alone, and if it is not very large, the tumor often disappears. They are sometimes very large. I have seen them occupying the whole breast, weighing perhaps a pound, though the ordinary fibroma is seldom beyond the size of a hen's egg. A tumor that causes discomfort ought to be removed because it can be done with great ease and safety. In none of these cases is excision necessary on account of the danger to life if you can be sure that no malignant complication exists.
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