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Experience in Public Hospital Inspires Physicians to Write Guide on Breast Health

'Breast Health,' A Practical Approach, Published

Philadelphia -- (March 15, 2004) Inspired by their experiences in breast clinics at Chicago's Cook County Hospital, four physician-editors worked with radiologists, surgeons, and primary care physicians to produce "Breast Health and Common Breast Problems: A Practical Approach," published by the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP is the national organization of doctors of internal medicine. "Breast Health" is the sixth book in its Women's Health Series.

"Breast Health and Common Breast Problems" is a comprehensive guide for physicians and other primary care providers to systematically address concerns about breast health and common problems. (While mainly about women, a chapter of the book is devoted to gynecomastia, benign growth of the male breast.) In five sections, the book covers normal breast function and development, cancer screening and prevention, evaluation of abnormalities, evaluation and management of common breast problems, and breast alterations.

The four editors, physicians Pamela S. Ganschow, MD, Frances E. Norlock, DO, MPH, and Elizabeth A. Jacobs, MD, MPP, and surgeon Elizabeth A. Marcus, MD, are engaged in breast health services and medical research at Cook County Hospital (now John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County) and Rush Medical College in Chicago. Drs. Ganschow, Norlock and Jacobs are assistant professors of medicine, and Dr. Marcus is an assistant professor of surgery. The Women's Health Series Editor, Pamela Charney, MD, FACP, is clinical professor of medicine and clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Drs. Ganschow, Norlock, Jacobs and Marcus preface the book by saying their work with economically disadvantaged and culturally different women developed into two concepts that strongly influenced the shape of the book: (1) There is more to addressing women's concerns about breast health than epidemiology and laboratory science, and (2) A woman's culture and socioeconomic status may influence her view of breast health and her ability to access health care.

In the Foreword, Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, author of "The Cancer Wars," traces changes in breast care: "For centuries, physicians gave short shrift to care of the breast. … Today, as 'Breast Health and Common Breast Problems' demonstrates, care of the breast has become part of mainstream medical practice."

ACP (Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults.) is the second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes internists, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP's publishing program includes journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, electronic products, and books for the medical community and general reader.

250 pages, softcover; 2004
Non-ACP member price $32.00; members $29.00
ISBN 1-930513-22-4

Order From: ACP Customer Service, 800-523-1546, ext. 2600; or 215-351-2600. Ask for product number 330300330. Or visit ACP's Book section for table of contents and more information. E-mail: custserv@mail.acponline.org

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