In a paper read before the New York Pathological Society in March of last year, and then in a communication made to the American Association of Physicians in May, I proposed the term "thromboangiitis obliterans of the lower extremities" to designate a distinct group of cases formerly included by the Germans under the names endarteritis obliterans and Spontan-Gangrän. With the tremendous influx of Polish and Russian Jews into this country, we are now more than ever brought face to face with the perplexing question as to what can be done for these unfortunate patients. During the past two years I have seen more than 55 cases, have been able to collect clinical data on 44 of these, and have made pathologic studies on the vessels and nerves from 20 amputated limbs.
The history of the advent and development of the symptoms is very much the same in all the cases.
BUERGER L. THE VEINS IN THROMBOANGIITIS OBLITERANSWITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ARTERIOVENOUS ANASTOMOSIS AS A CURE FOR THE CONDITION. JAMA. 1909;LII(17):1319-1325. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420430015002e