Dr. Albert R. Milan, 78, author, proponent of breast self-examination

August 27, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Dr. Albert R. Milan, a noted Baltimore obstetrician-gynecologist, died of complications of a stroke Monday at Manor Care Ruxton. The Hillendale resident was 78.

He practiced in Baltimore for 46 years and retired in 1996.

Dr. Milan was a proponent of breast self-examination to detect cancer as early as possible. His 1980 book, "Breast Self-Examination," was a lavishly illustrated guidebook with techniques that were easy to learn and practice.

"The cruel realities of life," he wrote, "teach us that breast cancer is among the greatest killers of women. One out of fifteen women will be eventually victimized by this awesome disease."

Dr. Edward F. Lewison, former chief of the Breast Cancer Clinic of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, said, "His was one of the first books devoted exclusively to self-examination." He said Dr. Milan was "a very devoted and dedicated physician who was extremely well-liked and highly regarded."

Dr. Milan also invented several surgical instruments and was co-inventor of the Mi-Mark Endometrial Helix, which is used for the early detection of endometrial cancer.

"He not only designed instruments but actually made them on his home lathe in his basement workshop," said his wife of 53 years, the former Marjorie Halleran.

Born and raised in Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore, Dr. Milan graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1938. He attended Columbia University on a scholarship as a pre-engineering and xTC premedical student and earned his medical degree from Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1945.

He served two years in the Air Force before completing an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Union Memorial Hospital in 1950, where he was an attending physician until he retired.

Dr. Milan's professional memberships included the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the American Medical Association.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening, photography and wood carving.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

He is also survived by three daughters, Lynne Perry of Sparks, Ginger Blickens of Gladstone, N.J., and Gabrielle Lanier of Harrisonburg, Va.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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