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July 1973

Peripheral Vascular Disease.

Author Affiliations

New York


Edited by John F. Fairbairn II, MD; John L. Juergens, MD; and John A. Spittell, Jr., MD. Price, $25. Pp 797. WB Saunders Co, West Washington Square, Philadelphia 19105, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(1):137-138. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650070123022

The previous editions of this work were edited by Allen, Barker, and Hines of the Mayo Clinic. This edition, compiled by their younger colleagues and written with 28 contributors, maintains the standards of a classic monograph. It is well illustrated and printed, thoroughly documented, and its references come up to 1970.

The first six chapters are given to basic considerations—symptoms, signs, structure, function and methods of examination. The last six chapters are devoted to treatment. The main body of 24 chapters considers specific pathologic and clinical entities, from arteriosclerosis to lymphedema. The sections on vasculitis, thromboangiitis, Raynaud phenomena, other vascular disorders related to the environmental temperature, and those related to compression syndromes of the thoracic outlet are especially clear and authoritative. The authors are conservative in all problems of etiology. After discussing theories and the evidence, they conclude that periarteritis is not related to "allergic or auto-immune mechanisms; that hypersensitivity,

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