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May 1979

Cryosurgical Advances in Dermatology and Tumors of the Head and Neck

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Portland, Ore

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(5):302. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790170072030

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This book is an excellent review that updates the advances in the field of cryosurgery. Zacarian emphasizes the fundamentals of cryogenesis and the development of the cryolesion, documents the critical temperatures for normal and malignant cell destruction, and stresses the use of the double or triple freeze-thaw cycle in the treatment of malignant and benign disease. Advances in instrumentation are discussed, emphasizing the limitations and the attributes of each device.

Contributions in the fields of dermatology, ophthalmology, head and neck surgery, and plastic surgery emphasize how the field of cryosurgery has expanded in the past ten years. Each contributor clearly and concisely describes the use of cryosurgery in their own field by explaining the surgical techniques, documenting the results, and stressing the means of avoiding complications.

Of interest to the otolaryngologist are the specific uses of cryosurgery in the oral cavity, nasopharynx, ear, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and larynx. Treatment

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