May 1957

Venous Return.

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By Dr. Gayard A. Brecher. Price, $6.75. Pp. 148, with 55 illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(5):843-844. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260050171028

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This small monograph on "Venous Return" is an interesting discussion of some aspects of the functions of veins. It is an important book because the venous circulation is so frequently ignored and has received relatively little study. Dr. Brecher's own contributions to the problem of the venous circulation, as well as the literature and ideas obtained from other investigators and their publications, are reviewed. Many of the illustrations can be found in essentially the same form in other publications, but their repetition here is advisable because some of the simplest ideas in hemodynamic phenomena are not adequately considered by undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of medicine.

The book contains aspects of venous physiology which need to be clarified, and certain phases of the unknown have resulted in some inconsistencies and possibly highly controversial statements in Brecher's book. For example, on page twenty-eight it is stated, "Thus it is

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