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August 18, 1969


Author Affiliations

University of California Irvine

JAMA. 1969;209(7):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160200056034

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This text compiles a 1967 symposium on cryosurgery, with 26 separate contributions. It covers all fields of cryobiology from physicalchemical factors to cryoimmunological implications. The editors have presented up-to-date information on the indications and limitations for cryosurgical procedures in different specialties and different anatomical regions, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of equipment in current use.

Although this book is one of the first attempts to obtain a broad approach to a new technique, it is quite encompassing and exhaustive in its content. This new modality of cryosurgery has swept into the fields of ophthalmology, urology, neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology, gynecology, and dermatology.

The chapter on engineering stands out in a medical text as an excellent description of cryogenic materials, their properties and temperature characteristics, equations and definitions, and provides for the nonengineer sufficient technological information to make the text meaningful.

This book impresses one immediately with the authoritative presentations in