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Dermatopathology: Practical & Conceptual January - March 2003
Contrary View: The breast is not an organ per se, but a distinctive region of skin and subcutaneous tissue: Part 2, Anatomy and Histology
A. Bernard Ackerman, M.D.
Hui C. Tsou, M.D
Geoffrey J. Gottlieb, M.D.
Tibor Gyorfi, M.D.
Anatomy of the breast
Microscopic anatomy (histology)
All textbooks of general pathology list the breast in the "Contents" with other organs of the body under consideration there. None include the breast in a chapter devoted to skin and subcutaneous fat. The same is true, too, for all texts of anatomy and histology. But as this work, presented in three parts, reveals convincingly, on the basis of analysis in terms of embryology, anatomy, histology, and pathology, the breast is nothing other than a specialized region of the integument and the adipose tissue beneath it.
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