by Tina S. Alster, MD, 288 pp, with 116 illus, $120, ISBN 0-7817-1960-7, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.
Manual of Cutaneous Laser Techniques is the second edition of the book written by Dr Alster, a cosmetic dermatologist whose work I have read previously and whose name I know from her frequent articles in Cosmetic Surgery Times. The book is, of course, written from a dermatologist's perspective. As a person with an ophthalmology background, I find it interesting and enlightening to see things from the perspective of another specialty. The manual begins in a unique and refreshing way, with a chapter that covers many of the topics that one should consider prior to treating one's first patient with a laser. After reading this chapter, potential laser surgeons will know what they are getting into and how to go about getting started (if they still wish to).
Manual of Cutaneous Laser Techniques, 2nd ed. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(11):1595. doi: