by John A. Pearce, 258 pp, with illus, $55, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1986.
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This book is written by a biomedical engineer, and is primarily concerned with the engineering aspects and the physical phenomena of electrosurgery. The theoretical discussions may be interesting for a reader with a technical background, but are of little practical value and interest to the nontechnical reader. Chapter one reviews the historical background of electrosurgery for those interested in early medical devices. Five pages are devoted to the clinical application of electrosurgery in dermatology. The discussion is of little practical value to the dermatologic surgeon. The chapter on electrosurgical generators gives the details of all the circuits in use today. The discussion in this chapter, and the remainder of the book, is very technical, with formulas, graphs, and terms that mean very little to someone without significant knowledge of physics, and makes reading the book difficult. This book is worthwhile for biomedical engineers and those readers with an interest in
Blankenship ML. Electrosurgery. Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(2):288. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670020094031