The Brazilian Society of Mastology (SBM) was founded in 1959, and later recognized by the Brazilian Medical Association (AMB) and the Medicine Federal Council (CFM) in 1978 and 1989, respectively. In 1982, an analysis of curricular proficiency was conducted to qualify the first specialists and, in 1986, the first exam to become specialist in mastology (TEMA).
SBM Bulletin was edited in the 1980s, which was focused on providing news and small updates to specialists. However, an oficial Journal of the society to publish research from Brazilian authors was lacking at that time.
On August 1991, the Revista Brasileira de Mastologia (Brazilian Journal of Mastology) was born. It was created by the SBM president at that time, the entrepreneur and idealist Antônio Figueira Filho, with the support of Marconi Luna, the diligent SBM general secretary. First editors were: Antônio Figueira Filho, Henrique M. Salvador Silva and Jairo L. Coelho Junior. There was also an Editorial Board comprised by Carlos Henrique Menke, Ezio N. Dias, José A. Ribeiro Filho, José Baptista da Silva Neto and Orlando Silva Telles, with other representatives of many Brazilian state regionals.
The first edition of the journal included: a presentation – “A Mastologia no Brasil” [Mastology in Brazil] by Antônio Figueira Filho; an editorial – “Câncer de Mama” [Breast Cancer] by Jorge Marsillac; an original article – “Ginecomastia: importância do diagnóstico etiológico na orientação do tratamento” [Gynecomastia: importance of the etiological diagnosis in treatment guidance] by Guido M. C. Magalhães and Harlen T. Merched; three updates – “The current state of breast cancer surgery” by John Hayward, “Câncer da mama masculina” [Male breast cancer] by Ézio N. Dias, “O seio: uma visão psicanalítica” [ e breast: a psychoanalytical view] by Sônia C. da Silva; a case report – “Cisticercose da mama” [Breast Cysticercosis] by Lair B. C. Ribeiro, Hélio Eloy A. Dias and Lygia S. Cunha.
Since its creation, the journal has been published successfully without interruptions. It was first published every six months and then every four months. All efforts of its successive editors and members of the editorial board should be praised. The Journal was able to achieve indexing in Scielo and Lilacs. Recently, the articles started being digitalized and with web access, which is a reflex of modernity.
For practical purposes, the journal has accomplished its purposes and achieved distinction and importance. Now the Journal is 26-year-old, and mature. Therefore, it should face a new phase, with publication of articles in English in order to extend its promotion at an international level.
Alfredo Carlos S. D. Barros
Former Editor and Brazilian Society of Mastology Past President