Laser Mania in Medicine

Richard L. Anderson
1998 Archives of Ophthalmology  
T he many articles pertaining to incisional and facial resurfacing lasers that permeate nonpeer-reviewed journals read more like advertisements than science. The advantages of laser surgery are greatly overestimated, while the disadvantages and complications are underestimated. In part, these articles are responsible for the laser mania that affects many specialties in medicine. A decline in insurance reimbursements for traditional surgical procedures has further fueled this epidemic, and many
more » ... hysicians are seeking new ways to increase the number of cosmetic procedures they perform. The public's fascination and desire for high-tech procedures has also exacerbated the unchecked outbreak of laser mania.
doi:10.1001/archopht.116.12.1657 pmid:9869798 fatcat:ykzo2qugovbqncj3jsgt2alsli