Keloids are an important medical problem which are often under appreciated by the medical community. Dr. Michael Tirgan has spent many years evaluating and treating patients with keloids on different regions of the body. The Atlas of Ear Keloids presents new insights into the natural history of keloids and provides a perspective that many of the standard surgical approaches may actually lead to progression of these tumors on ear. He presents good examples of an alternative treatment with cryotherapy that has convincingly eliminated some of the most troublesome keloids on ear. This book will provide valuable information to patients with keloids on ear and to medical professionals that treat these lesions.
Keloids were described by Egyptian surgeons around 1700 BCE, recorded in the Smith papyrus, regarding surgical techniques. [ citation needed ] Baron Jean-Louis Alibert (1768–1837) identified the keloid as an entity in 1806. [ citation needed ] He called them cancroïde , later changing the name to chéloïde to avoid confusion with cancer. The word is derived from the Greek χηλή , chele , meaning " hoof ", here in the sense of "crab pincers ", and the suffix -oid , meaning "like".