Chapter 27. Physical Forms of Treatment

  1. Richard P. J. B. Weller MD, FRCP (Edin) Senior Lecturer1,
  2. John A. A. Hunter OBE, BA, MD, FRCP (Edin) Professor Emeritus of Dermatology2,
  3. John A. Savin MA, MD, ChB, FRCP, DIH Former Consultant Dermatologist3 and
  4. Mark V. Dahl BA, MD Professor of Dermatology former Chairman Professor Emeritus4,5

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch27

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Weller, R. P. J. B., Hunter, J. A. A., Savin, J. A. and Dahl, M. V. (2008) Physical Forms of Treatment, in Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch27

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

  4. 4

    College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146630

Online ISBN: 9781444300086



  • physical forms of treatment - surgery, freezing, burning, ultraviolet radiation and lasers;
  • cryotherapy procedure in outpatient and domiciliary practice;
  • shave excision and saucerization excision;
  • microscopically controlled excision (Mohs' surgery);
  • electrosurgery types;
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy;
  • narrowband UVB therapy advantage over PUVA;
  • ultraviolet radiation therapy;
  • superficial radiation therapy and biopsy-proven skin cancer treatment;
  • phototherapy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Surgery

  • Cryotherapy

  • Radiotherapy

  • Phototherapy

  • Further reading