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Newsmaker: Richard Daffner, has just published the fourth edition of “Clinical Radiology, The Essentials.”
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Notable: Daffner, who retired two months ago from Allegheny General Hospital, has just published the fourth edition of “Clinical Radiology, The Essentials.” The book's first edition was published in 1979. The 500-page book, which is used at the University of Pittsburgh's medical school, is a primer for medical students and medical residents and covers the entire field of diagnostic radiology. Matthew Hartman, a radiologist at AGH, is a co-author of the book and will update it for future editions. The new edition is the first that offers supplemental online content.

Age: 72

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Family: Wife; Alva; sons, Marc and Scott.

Education: Daffner graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy and earned a medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, specializing in radiology.

Daffner, who worked and taught at AGH for 30 years, developed the book from a series of lectures he gave to medical students.

Quote: “I had a lecture series. Someone said it was pretty good and that I should write it down. I did. This particular edition represents an overhaul of the previous one. I think the book has gotten better over the years. A lot has changed with the science of radiology.”

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