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June 1967

Electrosurgical Apparatus and Their Application in Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(6):664. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600360110024

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This short monograph discusses the basic electrical principles, apparatus, technique, histologic effects, and clinical applications of the direct (galvanic) current, the electrocautery, and the high frequency currents. Diagrams of the circuits of various electrosurgical machines clearly illustrate how each current is produced.

Many dermatologists might disagree with the author's preference for the electrocautery over the high frequency current for removal of the majority of lesions. However, his technique in using each type of apparatus is clearly presented and his opinion of the advantages and disadvantages of each is impartially given. I feel that the technique and indications for using the moderately damped cutting current deserves more attention than is given. I also do not approve of the author's treatment of plantar warts and mosaic warts by electrosurgical means because painful scars may result. This book has poor clinical photographs and no references.

This brief presentation, although limited in scope, does

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