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Aust N Z J Surg. 2000 Mar;70(3):231-2.

Did Rembrandt's Bathsheba really have breast cancer?

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  • Queensland Radium Institute Mater Centre, South Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Rembrandt's Bathsheba (Louvre, Paris) reveals an abnormality of the left breast and axilla. Previously breast cancer has been suggested as the probable diagnosis.

METHODS:

The present paper reviews the clinical history as well as the clinical findings.

RESULTS:

Inconsistencies, pitfalls in the diagnosis and the consequences of the possibility of a different model for the body of the figure are discussed.

CONCLUSION:

An alternative diagnosis of an infective process such as tuberculous mastitis or, less likely, chronic lactational breast abscess is suggested.

PMID:
10765910
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