Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Malpractice Litigation is Driving Mammography Toward Extinction

Malpractice Litigation is Driving Mammography Toward Extinction

How our best defense against breast cancer is being driven to extinction.

Port Charlotte, FL (PRWEB) February 2, 2006

Mammography is still the only reliable tool available to diagnose breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages, though it can have up to a 30% miss rate. In The Death of Mammography (Caveat Press 2006), co-authors Rene' Jackson, RN BSN MS and Alberto Righi, MD, present a sharp critique of the failures of the medical liability system in the United States, as it pertains to "failure to diagnose breast cancer on mammography" litigation.

Leonard Berlin, M. D., F. A.C. R., Chairman Department of Radiology Rush North Shore Medical Center in Illinois says, "It is a combination of two books: one, an encyclopedia of knowledge regarding breast cancer and mammography; the other, a treatise on malpractice litigation and its impact on the practice of medicine in general, along with a first-hand account of a malpractice lawsuit focusing on a radiologist’s alleged missing of a tiny cancer on a mammogram. It calls into question, if not casts doubt on the 'I’ll get a mammogram - - my breast cancer will be diagnosed early and I’ll be cured - - and if not, I’ll sue the radiologist' mentality."

"The Death of Mammography, more than any other book on the U. S. litigation crisis and failures, captures the essence of the problem in a highly charged emotional situation," comments John Thomas, President and Chief Development Officer of Cirrus Health in Texas.

Pamela Seay JD, Associate Professor, Division of Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University says, "It is an important work addressing a crucial issue in women's health."

Rene' Jackson, R. N., B. S.N., M. S. is a Special Procedures Nurse in Medical Imaging at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda, Florida. Author of more than forty healthcare and nursing articles, she is also a reviewer and contributor for many professional manuals.

Alberto Righi, M. D. is the medical director of a radiology group in Florida. He obtained his M. D. at the University of South Florida; his radiology specialty at Tulane; and his neuroradiology specialty at the U. of Miami.

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