Laser Applications in Medicine and Biology

Volume 2

  • Myron L. Wolbarsht

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Michael W. Berns
    Pages 1-40
  3. B. F. Hochheimer
    Pages 41-75
  4. K. D. Vaughan, R. A. Laing
    Pages 77-132
  5. I. Harding-Barlow
    Pages 133-149
  6. P. F. Mullaney, J. A. Steinkamp, H. A. Crissman, L. S. Cram, D. M. Holm
    Pages 151-204
  7. Frank Stephenson Barnes
    Pages 205-221
  8. David H. Sliney
    Pages 223-240
  9. Stanley Stellar, Thomas G. Polanyi, Herbert C. Bredemeier
    Pages 241-293
  10. Isaac Kaplan, Uzi Sharon, Ralph Ger
    Pages 295-308
  11. M. L. Wolbarsht, D. H. Sliney
    Pages 309-359
  12. Ralph H. Stern
    Pages 361-388
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 389-404

About this book


In the intervening years since the publication of Volume I, the develop­ ment of new uses for the various types of lasers has proceeded at a rate more rapid than even the most fanciful dreamers envisioned. Of course, the main effort has been on the laser itself-new wavelengths, shorter and longer time domains for pulses, increases in power, and, most important, greater reliability. In its first stage the laser was described as a solution in search of a problem. The production of holograms was one problem whose solution seemed to involve large number of lasers. However that proposal had its own difficulties, for the hologram itself was described as a solution searching for a problem. But all of that now is a chapter from ancient history . On the current scene the laser is used in industrial pro­ duction lines, as a classroom item at all levels of education, and in com­ mercial usage such that the public is generally exposed to the laser devices themselves. Trial runs have been made, e. g. , of laser-based supermarket checkout devices and as commercial exploitation of this item begins, cer­ tainly many more similar adaptations will follow. However, the shift in emphasis from research usage of lasers to de­ velopment and production has been relative rather than absolute. The use of the laser in research has not lessened; rather it has grown at as fast a pace. Yet a similar trend is seen there also.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Myron L. Wolbarsht
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology and Biomedical EngineeringDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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