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Electrosurgical methods have come to fill a role in both major and minor operations. The ballyhoo of apparatus salesmen of a decade ago, promising every general practitioner that he could by the turn of a knob of a diathermy machine operate on tonsils and hemorrhoids, has been largely replaced by a realization that specially constructed electrosurgical apparatus must be painstakingly used by competent surgeons and other specialists. However, there has been a decided dearth of an authoritative textbook on the subject. The present volume fills this need. Part I is devoted to general considerations. The chapter on the historical development of electrosurgery is by H. A. Colwell. Other chapters deal with electrosurgical procedures, equipment, general technic, indications and limitations and nomenclature. A final chapter, on the radiotherapy of neoplasms, is by Windeyer and Colwell. In his own chapters the author has avoided going into complicated physics or a description of
Clinical Electrosurgery. JAMA. 1939;112(22):2354. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800220120029
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