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October 1996

Laser Surgery and Medicine: Principles and Practice

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Boston, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(10):1262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890340128035

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Laser Surgery and Medicine: Principles and Practice is a compilation of articles from the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

The dermatology chapter by Ronald Wheeland is 22 pages long. It describes the range of lasers available and their clinical uses, including cutaneous surgery and the treatment of tattoos and vascular and pigmented lesions. A short section addresses new laser applications in dermatology. Cutaneous resurfacing is not covered, perhaps because the explosion of interest in this area is a relatively recent occurrence. The remainder of the 447 pages are devoted to lasers in other areas of medicine.

This book will be of interest to those who require a comprehensive overview of the use of lasers in specialties other than dermatology.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure in which diseased venous segments are removed through a series of micropunctures or microincisions with a surgical hook and local anesthesia. During the past

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