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July 1975

Cryosurgery of Tumors of the Skin and Oral Cavity

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San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(7):937. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630190127033

The new edition of Setrag Zacarian's book, Cryosurgery of Tumors of the Skin and Oral Cavity, represents a considerable improvement over the 1969 monograph by this indefatigable, enthusiastic, and original worker. It is too bad that the reading of this valuable text is marred by many flaws that I hope will be corrected in the future. Some are printing errors (Pictet on p 5 becomes Picete on p 14; Belisario on p 158 was belisairo on p 101; on p 210, we find lupus erythematosis). Others are errors of attention (depigmentation has returned, p 220) or of relevance (mentioning cryoextraction of cataracts in a paragraph devoted to cancer therapy). Another more serious criticism includes the lack of follow-up on many of the illustrated cases (ie, Plates 23-24, 18-21, and Fig 7-74 through 7-76). The misleading subheading of Table XV gives the impression that his 1,720 patients have been followed-up for

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