February 27, 1967

Peripheral Arterial Disease

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by Wiley F. Barker (Major Problems in Clinical Surgery, vol 4, J. Englebert Dunphy [ed.]), 229 pp, with illus, $8.50, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(9):676. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120090118039

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Dr. Barker has prepared an excellent volume on the surgery of arterial disease of the terminal aorta and lower extremity. The first half of the book includes separate chapters on anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathogenesis, diagnostic problems, and nonoperative treatment and a discussion of lumbar sympathectomy. The remainder concerns direct arterial surgery. There is great detail and the author carefully stresses the many facets of minute care required for successful operation. The title is somewhat misleading since operations for disease of cervical and abdominal visceral arteries are not discussed to any extent.

The book is well made and abundantly illustrated. The relatively few typographical errors do not hinder the reader. Indexing is adequate and the references, at the end of each chapter, are comprehensive. The book is highly recommended for students of arterial surgery.