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January 29, 1927

Electrothermic Methods (Desiccation and Coagulation) in the Treatment of Neoplastic Diseases: Designed as a Practical Handbook of Surgical Electrotherapy for the Use of Practitioners and Students.

JAMA. 1927;88(5):346. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680310058036

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The introductory chapter on electricity is so full of errors and inappropriate uses of technical terms that a review might consist simply of an enumeration of misstatements. In the clinical part of this brochure, the author proves himself an enthusiastic advocate of desiccation by means of the Oudin current. He reports uniformly good results in tattoo marks, pigmented nevi, telangectasia, warts, moles, "precancrous" dermatosis, chronic ulcers, roentgen-ray dermatitis, lupus vulgaris and erythematodes, epithelioma of the skin, cervical erosions, urethral caruncles, hemorrhoids, granular conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. In dealing with electrocoagulation, he indulges in the common error of maintaining that in the modern diathermic apparatus the d'Arsonval current is employed. His exclusive recommendation of a needle shaped active electrode will encounter considerable opposition The chapters on anesthesia and preparation of the patient prior to operation are well written and up to modern standards.

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