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May 27, 1968

Biomedical Aspects of the Laser: The Introduction of Laser Applications Into Biology and Medicine

Author Affiliations

Pasadena, Calif

JAMA. 1968;204(9):834-835. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140220082039

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The author is in charge of what I believe is the largest laser laboratory in which the biomedical aspects of laser in clinical medicine are being studied. He, in cooperation with his associates, has summarized to some extent their total achievement, as well as the achievement of laser investigators in the area of biology and medicine.

Their book opens on the subject of laser history and theory and extends to the design of laser laboratories. It was not until 1960 that the first functional laser was constructed. The progression of engineering development in laser energy has been one of the greatest in the history of engineering.

The biomedical effects, whereas extremely interesting, have not been quite as rewarding. While it is probably true that laser energy has found a real place in ophthalmology, the place of laser energy in the other fields of medicine is still somewhat clouded.

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