Series of errors led to 300 unnecessary mastectomiesBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7235.597/a (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:597
- Déirdre Cooper-Mahkorn
- Bergisch Gladbach
A medical scandal concerning unnecessary mastectomies performed on at least 300 women in the cities of Essen and Bochum in western Germany has received renewed attention following the publication of a report by a commission of experts.
In 1997 many unnecessary mastectomies were performed after a pathologist, Professor Josef Kemnitz, made numerous false positive diagnoses of breast cancer. …