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Franklin S. Alcorn, MD
JAMA. 1965;191(13):1088-1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080130048027.
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Carcinoma of the breast is the most common malignancy of women, and its diagnosis is made even more difficult by its frequent similarity to benign conditions of the breast. If this were not so, the host of examinations which have evolved over the years would not have been necessary. To this list, which would include the time-honored inspection and palpation, we have added transillumination, aspiration biopsy, pneumography, ductal injection with radiopaque contrast material, Papanicolaou smears, and, finally, mammography. This well-documented monograph summarizes the current status of mammography. It is essentially a diagnostic manual covering primarily the technique and diagnostic criteria used in the roentgen diagnosis of breast disease.

The 50-year history of mammography is exhaustively reviewed early in the book, and the contribution of each worker is suitably described. The author stresses repeatedly that roentgen technique is the most important part of the diagnosis and devotes a detailed chapter to


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