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December 18, 1987

Evaluation and Installation of Surgical Laser Systems

JAMA. 1987;258(23):3444. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400230104042

Lasers were conceived by none other than Einstein in 1917. He probably would never have predicted the rapid proliferation in the use of lasers in many surgical specialties—captivating both the medical community and the lay public. The application of lasers has evolved into commonplace usage. Despite the rapid growth in laser interest and knowledge, no single source exists to instruct the many new laser users in proper, safe, and effective use of the new modality. According to the editor, "This volume is intended to be a one-stop, complete information source both for the novice as well as the experienced laser user."

The editor and his contributors have neatly organized the book into three major areas that are practical and functional. In the first section are chapters that cover biophysics, requirements of laser installation, administrative responsibilities, and safety considerations. The second section discusses past, present, and future use of lasers in