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Book and New Media Reviews
December 2000

Manual of Cutaneous Laser Techniques, 2nd ed

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by Tina S. Alster, 259 pp, with color illustrations, $116, ISBN 0-7817-1960-7, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.


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Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(12):1573-1574. doi:

In a field that develops as rapidly as laser technology, one must remember that any new printed textbook is at publication more an historical archive than an accurate statement of current knowledge or practice. That said, Dr Alster has submitted this second edition of her Manual of Cutaneous Laser Techniques to the profusion of available dermatologic surgical, even exclusively laser, textbooks. What role does it play and to whom is it directed? One must review the preface to her first edition to answer these queries. Dr Alster strives to provide good grounding to physicians who are "so captivated by the amazing potential of these surgical tools that they may lose sight of their limitations and their demands." She states that the manual

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