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Fighting the War on Breast Cancer: Debates over Early Detection, 1945 to the Present

Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD
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Columbia University; New York, NY 10032. Note: Opinions expressed in the article are those of the author. Acknowledgments: The author thanks H. Gilbert Welch, Hiram S. Cody, Phillip I. Lerner, David J. Rothman, Jonathan H. Sadowsky, Freya R. Schnabel, and Steven Shea for their advice. Grant Support: In part by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Dr. Lerner is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar (Project # 031491). Requests for Reprints: Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Box 11, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.

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Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(1):74-78. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-1-199807010-00028
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The recent consensus meetings on screening mammography for women 40 to 49 years of age generated great controversy. Critics of the consensus statements, particularly the January 1997 decision by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel not to recommend routine screening, used language that was often vitriolic and accusatory [13].

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