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November 23/30, 2011

Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick (

JAMA. 2011;306(20):2270-2271. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1724

The first edition of Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, published in 1977, was recognized as the first textbook devoted to the specialty of vascular surgery; as a result, it has developed an aura of final authority on all matters.

On opening the book, which comprises 2 volumes, a glance at the list of editors and contributors shows the depth and breadth of the expertise within, as would be expected from the leading experts in the field. The organization of the sections has been completely changed for the better, from the fundamentals section at the beginning, through the clinical spectrum of disease, and ending with acute limb ischemia. A separate “Grafts and Devices” section contains basic science as well as clinical topics. This is an inspired way of allowing quicker access to this material, which was diffused throughout in previous editions. The presentation is pleasing to the eye, and the multiple colored illustrations are of atlas quality. Fears of a ponderous literary style are also mitigated, because the writing is balanced, contains concise sentences, and is free of jargon. This uniformity of style is maintained throughout, alleviating the problems commonly encountered in multiauthored texts.

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