November 1971

Cryogenics in Surgery.

Author Affiliations

Brookline, Mass


By Hans Von Leden, MD, William G Cahan, MD. Price, $24. Pp 550. Medical Examination Publishing Co. Inc., Fresh Meadow Lane, Flushing, NY, 1971.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(5):659. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350110161034

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This volume competently fulfills its objectives:

... to provide the clinician with a summary of the current status of cryosurgery—from the basic biology to the clinical applications: and finally to the new and promising areas still to be explored.

The introduction and the 17 chapters of this book were written by acknowledged leaders in the field of cryosurgery. Their work during the past two decades has made possible the controlled use of freezing for many problems whose treatment was previously impossible or hazardous.

In addition to information about the role of cryotherapy in ophthalmology, otology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, urology, orthopedics, gynecology, and dermatology, the reader will find helpful facts about cryobiology, cryoinstrumentation, cryoimmunology, and experimental cryosurgery. For the mathematically proficient, there is an impressive section on mathematical predictions of the cryogenic lesion.

Photographs, tables, and diagrams are profuse and clear; references are pertinent.

My only criticism is the failure of the

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