March 29, 1965

The Coronary Arteries: Arteriography, Microanatomy, and Pathogenesis of Obliterative Coronary Artery Disease

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New York


By William F. M. Fulton. 354 pp, with illus. $20.50. Charles C Thomas, Springfield, Ill, 1965

JAMA. 1965;191(13):1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080130049028

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Research techniques currently in vogue run the gamut from the elegant to the laborious. The cynicalminded may sometimes ponder a vexing human problem in reverse: do the means always justify the ends? In any case, Fulton's techniques for injecting the coronary circulation of the heart are clearly laborious and the many photographs with which the results are demonstrated are certainly most elegant. The sizable group of investigators who are fascinated by injection methods of demonstrating tissue vascularity will find this book richly rewarding. The rest of us who are less committed can feel favorably disposed if somewhat disappointed that some new revelation has not been forthcoming, such as the discovery of an additional major and hitherto unsuspected coronary artery.

Beginning with Spalteholtz, each generation seems to produce its own preeminent blood-vessel injector whose findings generally confirm and elaborate on those of his forebears. In a rapidly changing medical world the

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