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March 1991

Illustrated Cutaneous Laser Surgery: A Practitioner's Guide

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Chicago, Ill

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(3):434. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680030160035

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There are important differences within this book when compared with the seeming plethora of good books available on laser surgery. These differences make this book a relevant addition for those who are using the laser for the treatment of cutaneous processes. Instead of an impractical approach that has been occasionally offered in some other books, this one places emphasis on presenting a straightforward "how-to" book. The main lasers used in cutaneous laser surgery, carbon dioxide, argon, dye, and neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet, are all discussed in separate chapters in a disease-oriented presentation. Lesions that are appropriately treated with the particular laser are presented in a step-by-step discussion of technique, postoperative course, precautions, and practical points in regard to therapy and outcome. There are many high-quality preoperative and postoperative pictures. Of special interest are intraoperative pictures that assist the reader in visualizing the technical approach of the surgery. Many of these

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