August 13, 1932

Über das elektrische Schneiden mit der Drahtschlinge in der operativen Dermatotherapie und kleinen Chirurgie unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Hauttuberkulose.

JAMA. 1932;99(7):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590067042

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This is a monograph based on four years' experience with electrosurgery with the wire loop. There is an introductory chapter on the historical development of the various types of electrical cutting procedures. In the second chapter the theoretical and practical application of the cutting current is taken up in detail and three types of incisions with a specially constructed wire loop are described under the titles of "Hohlschnitt," "Flachschnitt" and "Spaltschnitt." The questions of hemostasis, anesthesia and after-treatment are adequately discussed. The author's preference is for healing of even large defects by granulation rather than by skin grafting or tissue transplantation. The main application of this method of electrosurgery is found in the field of cutaneous tuberculosis, although it is also used for biopsy, skin cancer, nevi, verruca, senile keratoses and the excision of x-ray ulcers and carcinomas. Of 654 cases treated by the author, 452 were cases of tuberculosis

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