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March 1993

Cutaneous Cryosurgery: Principles and Clinical Practice

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Springfield, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(3):394. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680240140032

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Cutaneous Cryosurgery:  Principles and Clinical Practice is a concise handbook written for the dermatologist, family physician, and nurse practitioner. The authors are well-known dermatologists from the United Kingdom who have over 20 years' experience in cryosurgical techniques. This book, which includes an adequate index, is divided into the following eight chapters: "Introduction and Brief History of Cryogenesis," "Pathogenesis of Cryogenics," "Equipment and Techniques," "Benign Lesions," "Pre-malignant Lesions," "Malignant Lesions," "Complications and Side Effects," and "Setting Up a Cryosurgical Clinic." A third of this book is devoted to cryosurgery of malignant tumors of the skin. The color plates of skin cancers, before and during cryosurgery and in follow-up, are outstanding, but, unfortunately, none of them demonstrate the use of thermocouple needles to monitor the freezing temperatures, particularly in critical sites, such as the medial canthus, nasolabial fold, and ala nasi, where it is important to monitor the ice front. The only

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