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April 18, 1966

A Primer of Peripheral Vascular Diseases

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Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1966;196(3):302-303. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100160152061

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As its title implies, this monograph was not meant to be an all-inclusive text but rather an introductory book on diseases of the circulation. It accomplishes its purpose although sometimes the reader will wish for more detail and occasionally for more precision.

The beginning chapters deal concisely with the physiology of the circulation and are particularly recommended. The chapter on blood coagulation, however, is very brief and is little more than a list of the various factors that participate in the clotting and lytic processes.

The authors appear to be fascinated by electronic diagnostic gadgetry, which seems rather out of place in a primer. For example, more space and many more illustrations are devoted to thermography, an unproved and largely unaccepted technique for the study of peripheral vascular diseases, than to arteriography or venography. Clinical plethysmography is well covered.

In the therapy of arterial diseases the emphasis is on the

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