December 1969

Vascular Disease.

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles


By M. J. Tsapogas, MD; V. V. Kakkar, MD; and E. N. Gleave, MD. Price, £ 2 10 Sh. Pp 171, with 69 illustrations. H. K. Lewis & Co., Ltd., PO Box 66, 136 Gower St, London, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(6):771-772. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300220123034

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This book is purported to be for "general practioners, medical students and those preparing for higher degrees and members of allied professions." Chapters include the following: "Assessment of Vascular Patients"; "Occlusive Arterial Disease"; "Arterial Aneurysms"; "Arterial Embolism"; "Arterial Injuries"; etc. There are 69 photographs and diagrams.

The organization of the book is inconsistent, varying from excessively detailed descriptions of techniques for selective arteriography and vascular surgery, to skimpy details on performance of bedside diagnostic techniques. There is very little about the selection and screening of patients for surgery, particularly the recognition of underlying cardiac conditions which could contraindicate surgery. It would seem that the physicians for whom this book is intended would prefer more details regarding the tests which they would be most likely to perform.

The paragraphs on clinical recognition of underlying diseases are poorly organized and quite incomplete. For example, no mention is made of the importance

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