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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
cauterization by the use of high temperatures—for example, by means of a heated iron rod or the platinum tip of a special instrument, or cauter. Electrocautery is the method most commonly used in modern medical practice.
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