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October 17, 1977

Mammography: Technique, Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis, Results

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago


by W. Hoeffken and M. Lanyi (L. G. Rigler and R. D. Arndt, trans), 341 pp, 516 illus, $67.50, Canada $69.55, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1977.

JAMA. 1977;238(16):1767. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280170061037

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Since mammography has achieved a position of singular importance in the management of breast disease in the United States, there has been a parallel development and use of this procedure in Europe, and the authors describe their experiences in some detail.

In the first section of the monograph, the authors present the basic physical aspects of mammography technique and discuss the technical exposure problems. In a few pages with tables and graphs, supplemented by text, the essence of the physics of the self-radiation techniques is covered. The discussion of this aspect of mammography is as succinct and readily understandable as any that has been presented in many years. Pneumocystography, galactography, and cytology of the breast are also described, along with little-used techniques such as arteriography and lymphangiography of the breast. These chapters are documented with good references and are of interest, although pneumocystography is in all likelihood the only one