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London's St. Mary's Hospital has for 20 years drawn pilgrims seeking the latest truth on surgery of the arteries. Eastcott's Arterial Surgery has brought together in one place all the lore accumulated by Rob and his disciples. The book remains, however, a personal production of the author himself. It makes a special contribution to the literature of arterial surgery. Authoritative as it travels the highways of the field, it delights the reader by roaming the more interesting byways. Almost nothing is omitted. One can read of the beaded arteries seen on arteriography (although why they are more common in Buerger's disease is not discussed), tuberculous arteritis, the Charcot joints in diabetic neuropathy, the arterial lesions, polymyalgia rheumatica, and the treatment of erythromelalgia by methysergide. One yearns for the leisure one would need to appreciate all the riches in the book. A unique sort of scholarship is evident, a union between
Warren R. Arterial Surgery. Arch Surg. 1972;105(4):660. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180100099025