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August 12, 1988

Advances in Nd:YAG Laser Surgery

Author Affiliations

Washington University School of Medicine Barnes Hospital St Louis

Washington University School of Medicine Barnes Hospital St Louis

JAMA. 1988;260(6):860-861. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410060136049

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The neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser is truly the multidisciplinary and multispecialty tool of the 1980s. This book illustrates that it is multinational as well. Nearly half of the book is written by Japanese authors, making it easy to ascertain the high degree of knowledge that the Japanese have attained in this important biotechnological field. American physicians will certainly be impressed and possibly surprised by the exquisite application of Nd:YAG laser by Japanese physicians and scientists.

The editors, Dr Stephen Joffe and Dr Yanao Oguro, have compiled a 368-page text with 45 chapters written by experts in their fields with a multitude of clear photographs and diagrams on the use of Nd:YAG lasers in multiple specialties. A variety of subjects are covered from endoscopic laser use in gastrointestinal applications to gynecology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, dentistry, and plastic surgery and setting up ambulatory-care laser centers. Many of the chapters dealing with surgical