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May 1983

Optoelectronics in Medicine: Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress, Laser '81

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Palo Alto, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(5):448. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650290088026

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This volume represents the cumulative collected papers from the Optoelectronics in Medicine Congress held in Germany in 1981. The book combines both clinical and research papers and includes some of the works of the world's foremost laser authorities.

In general, I find that the clinical material is essentially a review of other published works by the authors and offers no new information. There are minimal illustrations in most of the clinical articles, and there are some spelling and grammatical errors, perhaps largely due to translations from foreign languages to English. Each paper, however, carries a relatively comprehensive bibliography that is useful to the reader. The papers under the chapter entitled "Lasers in Surgery" are general reviews of current standard techinques by leaders in this area. Thus, Dr Isaac Kaplan, who has pioneered work with the Sharplan CO2 laser, reviews his general indications for laser use without specific case presentations.

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