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December 11, 1981

Vascular Problems in Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Limbs

Author Affiliations

University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle

JAMA. 1981;246(23):2747-2748. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320230063032

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In reviewing this text, I had hoped to find material that in some unique way fit the title. In this respect, the book was disappointing, since the content was in most ways similar to that found in standard works on peripheral vascular disease. The orthopedic and general surgeon will find little that is not already available in the literature.

In section 1, the relevant anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the blood supply to skin, voluntary muscle, bone, and joints are covered. While that is of interest, it was nearly impossible to relate this information in a meaningful way to the clinical disorders that are presented in considerable detail. This is an oversight, since there is an abundance of relevant material available on the pathophysiology of many subjects such as arteriosclerosis, deep venous thrombosis, and the compartment syndromes, which are covered in some depth.

In section 2, most of the available