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November 1972

Laser Applications in Medicine and Biology, vol 1.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(5):578. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030580022

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Laser Applications in Medicine and Biology is an outgrowth of the many discussions that have taken place over past years at informal meetings sponsored by the Gordon Research Conferences. The chapters have been intelligently organized with the characteristics of laser light and the explanation of the calibration of laser energy prefacing the actual reports on the effect of laser irradiation of biological tissues. These chapters are extremely well-written and well-documented with multiple references gleaned from the literature and they emphasize those areas important to the reader who wishes to understand the molecular interaction of laser light and various tissues.

The laser effects on tumor tissue have been summarized expertly by authorities in the field and those who, in many cases, have done the original investigations. The applications in this area have been fairly discussed with the limits of the experimentation carefully explained.

One of the interesting sections is the response

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