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February 24, 1984

Breast Carcinoma: Current Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee

JAMA. 1984;251(8):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340320071035

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For 20 years annually, the American College of Radiology has conducted a national multidisciplinary conference on the early detection of breast cancer. The text reviewed is a compilation of papers presented at the 1981 and 1982 conferences. These past conferences focused rather narrowly on techniques of mammography but in recent years have become more broadly based, so that the present volume covers both the wide range of imaging and various treatments involved in the management of breast cancer.

Diagnosis of early disease remains the focus and, I suppose, properly so, in a volume compiled by and written primarily for radiologists. Indeed, detection encompasses at least two thirds of the 631 pages in this volume. Although interesting and well written, I found these sections probably too detailed for the general reader and too shallow for the radiologist seeking to learn imaging patterns. The illustrations, however, are excellent, with particularly good reproductions