30, 20, and 10 Years Ago in OPN

Medical lasers; ocean optics; infrared imaging


“From the beginning, the laser’s medical potential charmed the medical community and the public alike. Its ease of operation, quickness, and precision offer an unprecedented alternative to conventional protocols … But a great deal remains to be understood about the laser’s potential and limitations. It has proven itself in a number of specialties like ophthalmology, yet it has struggled in others like cardiology. Many doctors discovered the hard way that the laser is but another tool to pull from their black bag of tricks.”

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