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March 13, 1981

Allen-Barker-Hines Peripheral Vascular Diseases

Author Affiliations

Oak Park, III


by John L. Juergens, John A. Spittell, Jr, and John F. Fairbairn II, ed 5; 981 pp, 531 illus, $55, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1981;245(10):1071. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310350055030

As in the past, this fifth edition of one of the earliest clinical books on peripheral vascular disorders represents the combined effort of a large number of authors (41), all from various departments of the Mayo Clinic. The book consists of 35 chapters divided into five sections, and, in great part, the contents are authoritative, readable, thorough, and comprehensive in their presentation.

According to the editors, the general organization and framework of the present volume closely follow those of the previous ones, a format that appears to be open to some criticism. For example, section 1 is devoted to basic considerations, and it still contains two chapters that are purely clinically oriented, one dealing with symptoms and signs of peripheral vascular disorders and the other with laboratory means of identifying their presence. The remaining three chapters are properly placed, since they concern themselves with such subjects as a detailed description