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Book Review
November 1999

Diagnosis of Diseases of the Breast

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by Lawrence W. Bassett, MD, Valerie P. Jackson, MD, Reza Jahan, MD, Yao S. Fu, MD, and Richard H. Gold, MD, 610 pp, with illus, ISBN 0-7216-3796-5, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1997.


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Surg. 1999;134(11):1279. doi:

This 610-page book is authored by Lawrence Bassett and Valerie Jackson with 3 supportive coauthors, Reza Jahan, Yao S. Fu, and Richard Gold. These diagnostic radiologists combine their efforts with those of 28 of their colleagues to review the field of breast imaging.

Diagnosis of Diseases of the Breast is divided into 7 sections involving 32 chapters. It is a comprehensive review of a panorama of pretreatment and posttreatment imaging studies. Special emphasis is given to techniques for evaluating results (clinical outcome analyses), historical data, and a continuing comparison of normal breast structures with diseased states. There is a heavy emphasis on benign diseases, not often addressed in the imaging literature. This text is a distillate of the many imaging studies that have emerged since 1975 and will serve as an excellent diagnostic reference in a rapidly changing field that has benefited from technical advancements. The variety of imaging techniques are well defined and pitfalls in their interpretation are clearly outlined. The book certainly adds to the contemporaniana of emerging textbooks involving the most politicized organ in the body.

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