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Series of errors led to 300 unnecessary mastectomies

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7235.597/a (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:597
  1. Déirdre Cooper-Mahkorn
  1. 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. …

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