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December 1977

Curettage-Electrodesiccation vs Surgical Excision-Reply

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(12):1729-1730. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640120097029

In Reply.—  We thank Dr Epstein for his comments concerning our article entitled "Curettage-Electrodesiccation Treatment of Basal-Cell Carcinomas." We join Dr Epstein in hoping that our statistical methods will be found useful by others.We did not think that our paper would be interpreted as suggesting that the technique of simple elliptical excision should be abandoned by dermatologists. As a matter of fact, we are presently studying the results of simple surgical excision by the same means that we used to study curettage-electrodesiccation. Surgical excision is both taught and used at the Skin and Cancer Unit.Because of the "speed and simplicity" of the curettage-electrodesiccation procedure, it is used more frequently at the Skin and Cancer Unit than the technique of excision or any other method. But these are only two reasons for use of curettage-electrodesiccation. Other reasons have recently been reviewed.1 Also, the advantages and disadvantages of the

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