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January 4, 1985

Thermography for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

JAMA. 1985;253(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350250049015

To the Editor.—  The MEDICAL NEWS item, "In the Hot Seat: Thermography for Breast Cancer Diagnosis," published in the Feb 10,1984, issue of The Journal,1 deserves additional attention and comment. The pejorative tenor of both the report and the strongly worded policy statement of the American College of Radiology does a disservice to American women as well as to your readers. In a recent issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Gerald D. Dodd, Jr, MD,2 credited by MEDICAL NEWS as the spokesman for the American College of Radiology, notes that it took 30 years of neglect and 20 years of controversy before the initial considerable resistance by radiologists to the adoption of x-ray mammography was overcome and the technique was ultimately accepted. It appears that in 1984 the reluctant attitude of some of my radiological colleagues may be responsible for consigning breast thermography to a similar