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Article
May 1979

Chemosurgery: Microscopically Controlled Surgery for Skin Cancer

Author Affiliations

Bethpage, NY

 

by Frederic E. Mohs, MD, 378 pp, 254 illus, $43.75, Springfield, Ill, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1978.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(5):648. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010050068052

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Abstract

In this new and updated volume on chemosurgery, Mohs includes considerable material bearing on the freshtissue techniques and melanoma treated by chemosurgery. In a clear manner, he presents his special method of treating primary and recurrent cancer not only on the skin surface but also from areas subjacent to the surface of the skin or approachable through orifices adjacent to the lesions. Sections concerning benign tumors, infections, and gangrene treated by the technique or modifications of the technique are also included.

Many years of painstakingly gathered statistics bearing on cure and recurrence rates as well as good blackand-white photographs document the essential conservatism and effectiveness of microscopically controlled surgical excision of cancer and other tumors. This volume is sufficiently complete and detailed, down to the specifics of equipment, personnel, and layout, for a chemosurgery office or clinic. Of special interest are Mohs's observations on how and where skin cancers spread

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