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Cut it, burn it, lyse it: Ziegler's electrolysis and cautery set
  1. Richard Keeler,
  2. Arun D Singh,
  3. Harminder S Dua

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The word ‘cautery’ has its origin in Latin, referring to a branding iron, and in Greek in which a similar word denoted the act of burning. In medicine, ‘cautery’ refers to the use of an agent or instrument that destroys tissue by burning or searing.1 The tissue could be normal or abnormal and the nature of the agent could be instruments capable of transferring high heat of freezing cold; chemical substances, electric currents or lasers.

The use of heat and chemicals to induce scarring in tissue has been known since ancient times. Electric scarring of tissue came …

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