by H H G Eastcott, 412 pp, 652 illus, $22, London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd (Philadelphia, JB Lippincott Co), 1969.
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This lucid monograph on arterial surgery appears at a time when the rapid and sometimes unbridled growth of the subject has reached a stable plateau and when long-time follow-up and mature indications have crystallized and standardized surgical indications and techniques.
Mr. Eastcott has profusely illustrated his book with photographs, effective line drawings, and last but not least, the marvelous angiograms of Dr. David Sutton. One regrets that he does not think much of the Callander amputation and that he does not mention the prognostic value of paravertebral blocks to anticipate gangrene after sympathectomy, although he does give an excellent analysis of the possible mechanisms involved.
The chapters on carotid-vertebral insufficiency, on Raynaud's syndrome, and on renal and mesenteric ischemia are especially outstanding. The advantages of single authorship are also quite evident. Throughout the volume the close familiarity and deep involvement with the subject are obvious. One can unhesitatingly and enthusiastically
de Takats G. Arterial Surgery. JAMA. 1970;211(13):2160. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170130056028