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September 1929


Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(3):276-281. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620060072007

Cushing1 has said, "Surgery is a conservative art. It takes to novel methods reluctantly as an old dog to new tricks. It was slow to adopt the ligature; slow to adopt the principles of antisepsis; slow to adopt the fastidious technique and painstaking haemostasis that have largely put a stop to operating by the clock. It has been equally slow to adopt the principles of electro-surgery which, from a technical standpoint, are likely to be no less revolutionizing."

The term electrosurgery is a fortunate choice in that it does away with such phrases as surgical diathermy or endothermy, which to the nonelectrical mind are, to say the least, vaguely disturbing and mysterious. Electricity and some of its manifestations and uses are more or less familiar. One is able to comprehend, to some extent, what electrosurgery might include, while one is immediately lost in a haze of skepticism and

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