Of course the wedding last week with the promise of another this week is pulling me back in as I love wedding gowns. But the potential of a "fiscal cliff" for Downton Abbey feels a little like Déjà vu. But time will tell on that as well as another unrelated development.
A little online research about mammography revealed that as early as 1913 the first x-rays were done by Dr. Albert Salomon. He would make an x-ray of a breast prior to a mastectomy. These x-rays were compared to the tissue samples in the removed breast. Salomon's work describing the different cancers he identified is still used for reference today. It was in the 1930's before one Dr. Warren began using w-rays for detection. It was in the 1960's that the current dedicated mammography units were developed.
Today I visited the Hulston Cancer Center to have my first mammogram in 10 years. To my knowledge there has been no breast cancer in my family history. I just decided it was time cause I was tired of being frowned at by doctors and friends. So it is over. And it was less uncomfortable than 10 years ago. The plate is larger meaning only one shot in each dimension. Since Cox's history did not have a third view, I did get to have three snapshots per appendage.
Tonight I am sending out a thank you to all the folks who have walked to raise funds, all the health professionals that have done research, businesses that have invested in drugs and equipment and all the thousand of unsung folks that have moved detection and treatment ahead. Some in Germany, some in France, some in the USA.
And thank you PBS and WBGH for Masterpiece. I have enjoyed your work since "The Duchess of Duke Street" to the current Downton Abbey.