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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melvyn Bayly, Jr., MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book extensively covers the subject of laser use in gynecology, from its basic science aspects to clinical applications. Although it is a new publication, it combines many previous writings of the principal author, a recognized authority in this field.
Purpose: The purpose, successfully accomplished, is to communicate to the practitioner basic laser physical principles and applications as well as advanced surgical techniques. Also included are discussions of laser safety, credentializing, and education.
Audience: This book is aimed at all clinicians: residents-in-training, general gynecologists in practice, and some subspecialists. Nurses who will be working extensively with lasers will also find this book useful.
Features: There is extensive use of large, clear illustrations, and tables that add to the understanding the written text, particularly in the basic science section where the in-depth physics principles are more difficult for most readers to grasp. There are sufficient up-to-date references, but the bibliography is not exhaustive. This is an attractive, easy-to-read book, well indexed, with a logical, descriptive table of contents that eases locating specific subjects.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference source for all gynecologists using or planning to use lasers. The first third of the book covers basic physical principles, too much for most clinicians, but all information is available for those who want a comprehensive discussion of laser physics. The remainder is a concise, clear, amply illustrated, adequately referenced comprehensive review of all clinical applications. This volume will enhance the library of any institution possessing lasers as well as thatof any gynec ologist using this instrument.