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August 1957

Wire Brush Surgery

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(2):274. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550200118035

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In this monograph on the refrigeration-wire brush abrasion treatment of acne scarring and other cosmetic skin defects, Burks reviews the history of corrective cosmetic techniques with emphasis on the contributions of Kromayer and Kurtin. Considerable discussion is devoted to the anatomy of the skin and the histopathology of the healing process following dermabrasion. There is an excellent section on the equipment and supplies used in the operation with illustrations of the apparatus of various manufacturers.

The technique of dermabrasion is clearly described with the aid of a series of photographs illustrating the procedure and the postoperative appearance of the skin day-by-day. It is to be regretted that some of the photographs favor the operative results through differences in lighting.

The author is most enthusiastic about the results of the operation and he pays little attention to preoperative discussion with patients and to psychological contraindications to the pro

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