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The Big Squeeze

Posted 2/18/2013

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  I love the title of this new book: The Big Squeeze. Does it not seem totally appropriate for a history of mammography? Who among us has not experienced, with greater or lesser discomfort, that infamous squeeze? My personal experience has been that the discomfort/pain is really variable, don't know whether I am physically different day to day (doubt it) or whether it has to do with the particular machine and technician. I know some women feel really tortured by this test; I have never had it that bad. Lucky.

  This is a  very positive review from Lancet. If you are interested, you can click the link to read the full review or even buy the book:

The Big Squeeze

The Big Squeeze: A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram

gives a short and interesting view of the social and political history of mammography. The author, Handel

gives a short and interesting view of the social and political history of mammography. The author, Handel

Reynolds, is a breast radiologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA, USA.

In his book, he describes the history of the mammogram, from the idea

of early detection of breast cancer at the beginning of the 20th century, to screening with mammography in the

USA today. He tells the story of how a simple message was communicated to the public, and the pitfalls that

have come about as a result of this unbalanced message.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045%2813%2970033-0/fulltext

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