November 16, 1957

The Clinical Aspects of Arteriosclerosis

JAMA. 1957;165(11):1512-1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290152029

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This book brings together much of the current knowledge of the clinical problems of arteriosclerosis. It deals in detail with the diagnosis and treatment of arteriosclerosis of the coronary, cerebral, and peripheral arteries and of the aorta. The fact that the section on coronary artery disease occupies about one-half the text reflects not only the importance of this aspect of arteriosclerosis but the relative lack of information on arteriosclerosis in other vascular beds. Even though the author states that arteriosclerosis of the cerebral arteries is the second commonest cause of death due to vascular disease, the section dealing with cerebral arteriosclerosis is comparatively short. Nevertheless, the various clinical syndromes due to occlusions of particular cerebral arteries are well defined. Treatment of these is not discussed in detail. This seems unfortunate, since the socially and physically crippling effects of a stroke can be major problems to the patient, his family, and

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