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December 1977

Argon Laser Photocoagulation

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(12):2232-2233. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450120138028

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Argon Laser Photocoagulation by Zweng et al is a rather compact guide for the ophthalmologist who is interested in retinal diseases and their treatments. To begin, the authors present an understandable and informative chapter on the intricacies of laser light production. The various instruments that are now on the market are described. A brief discussion of the histopathology of argon laser-induced chorioretinal lesions is followed by chapters that outline the way the authors examine their patients and record the findings of the examinations. Other chapters graphically describe various chorioretinal diseases and the means by which the authors have sought to treat these diseases; such treatment is given principally with the use of the argon laser photocoagulator.

In the field of retinal and choroidal vascular diseases, there is some controversy as to the benefits of photocoagulation therapy. The authors present studies to help prove efficacy or lack thereof. But as these

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