Laser Physics and its Relevance to Applications in Medicine

  • Jim Johnson
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 103)


The first functioning laser was built in I960. It was called “a solution looking for a problem” because many applications were proposed but few of them were economically justifiable. Research began almost immediately to find medical applications for this intense light source. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, the laser has become commonplace in clinics, operating rooms, and doctors’ offices. Even though the laser is used extensively in medical settings, research is being done to establish new procedures. The use of medical laser devices is increasing at the rate of approximately 25% per year. It is therefore easy to envision a laser in every clinic, hospital, and doctor’s office throughout the world in the near future.


Laser Physics Medical Laser High Energy Level Continuous Wave Laser Laser Design 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Suggested Reading

  1. 1.
    Johnson JR (1981). Lasers. Milwaukee: Raintree Publishers.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Johnson JR, Charschan PE, Goldman L (1988). Introduction to Laser Biophysics. Orlando: Photon Publishing Division of Photon Dynamics LTD, Inc.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Verdeyen JT (1981). Laser Electronics. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Johnson JR (1985). Laser Technology. Benton Harbor: Heath Company.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Johnson JR (1988). Laser Safety. Orlando: Photon Publishing Division of Photon Dynamics LTD, Inc.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Sliney D, Wolbarsht M (1980). Safety with Lasers and Other Optical Sources. New York: Plenum Press.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Koechner W (1976). Springer Series in Optical Sciences. New York: Springer-Verlag.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Goldman L (ed) (1981). The Biomedical Laser. New York: Springer-Verlag.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Johnson

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations