June 26, 1987

Vascular Disease of the Gastrointestinal Tract: Pathophysiology, Recognition and Management

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


by Adrian Marston, ed 2; 186 pp, with illus, $51.95, Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(24):3424. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390240130045

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This text represents a second and expanded edition of the author's Intestinal Ischemia, published in 1977, and in addition to a new title includes special chapters by various experts on intestinal blood flow, testing of intestinal viability, acute intestinal ischemia, pseudomembranous colitis, and neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis.

Despite the change in title, this edition remains devoted to discussing the processes and clinical pictures of bowel diseases related to ischemia. It does not cover the problems of intestinal bleeding per se or those associated with intestinal vascular malformations, whether acquired or congenital.

For readers seeking information about the physiology of intestinal blood flow, the chapter by Ove Lundgren, University of Göteborg, is especially cogent, and throughout the text the author skillfully promotes the union of basic research with understanding the varying and perplexing clinical diseases. The textual material will appeal to and benefit gastroenterologists, general surgeons, and vascular surgeons who treat lesions