Functional anatomy and physiology of the female breast

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Abstract

As mammals, we define our biologic class by the function of the breast in nourishing our young. As obstetricians, we seek to enhance or diminish function; as gynecologists, the appearance of inappropriate lactation (galactorrhea) may signify serious disease. In this article, development, differentiation, and functional anatomy of the breast is discussed. The hormonal interactions responsible for these events and the physiologic function of this vital reproductive organ during the life cycle of the woman is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-444
Number of pages12
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Volume21
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994

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