edited by F. Eichmann and U. W. Schnyder, 152 pp, 117 illus, $44.10, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1981.
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For this volume, Eichmann and Schnyder compiled lectures on basal cell carcinoma that were given at a meeting of the Association of Operative Dermatology, in April 1980, in Zurich, Switzerland.
Eighteen well-known German, Swiss, and Austrian physicians, 12 of them dermatologists, together with specialists in plastic surgery, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology, covered the subject thoroughly from both the clinical and therapeutic viewpoints. Detailed information is given about curettage and electrodesiccation, scalpel surgery (including certain plastic surgery procedures), Mohs' controlled microscopic fixed- and fresh-tissue surgery, roentgen therapy, chemosurgery given for local effect, and cryosurgery. The latter has not yet been widely used in Germany. One author treated 450 basal cell carcinomas cryosurgically within four years. He found only three recurrences among 100 patients during an observation period of 3½ years. Roentgen therapy for basal cell carcinoma is considered the "best alternative" treatment to surgery.
An English summary and the pertinent international literature
Hollander A. Das Basaliom der Häufigste Tumor der Haut. Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(2):140. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650140072029