The birth of the breast unit: a Florentine tale

Peter McIntypre

The story of how breast care in Europe moved from one-size-fits-all mutilating mastectomy towards a model of care tailored to the individual, stressing breast conservation and delivered by multidisciplinary breast teams is one that workers in other areas of cancer would love to emulate. Florence’s Luigi Cataliotti saw it all, and played a key role in much of it.

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