Breast cancer in Woman Sitting Half-Dressed beside a stove (1658) by Rembrandt van Rijn

Nerlich, Andreas G., Dewaal, Johann C., Donell, Simon T. and Bianucci, Raffaella (2022) Breast cancer in Woman Sitting Half-Dressed beside a stove (1658) by Rembrandt van Rijn. The Breast, 64. pp. 134-135. ISSN 0960-9776

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The baroque Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669 CE) was acquainted with pathological modifications of the breast as shown in the canvas Bathsheba at her toilet (1654 CE); his model, Henrijke Stoffels, was depicted with discoloration of the left breast, peau d'orange and distortion of symmetry with axillary fullness. A diagnosis of breast cancer was initally proposed [1] but was later dismissed in favour of cancer mimickers (tuberculous mastitis [2], lactation mastitis following unsuccessful pregnancy [3], Mondor's thrombophlebitis [4]); this was essentially due to Henrjike's long survival (9 years after the depiction) fairly ruling out advanced breast cancer.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 17th century oncology,art and medicine,breast cancer,iconodiagnosis,oncology,cancer research,surgery,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2730
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2022 11:31
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 03:50
DOI: 10.1016/j.breast.2022.06.001

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