October 1974

Recent Advances in Thrombosis

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edited by L. Poller, 227 pp, $19.50, Longman Inc, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(4):590. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360040098033

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This small volume is an excellent up-to-date survey of the current state of knowledge concerning various aspects of venous and arterial thromboembolic disease. With few exceptions, the chapters are well written, comprehensive, balanced, and critical.

Particularly praiseworthy are the essay by Sevitt on the pathology and pathogenesis of deep vein thrombosis, a critical look at the relation of thrombosis to atherosclerosis by Poole, a survey of the relation of platelets to thrombosis by Vermylen and his co-workers, a sobering critique of fibrinolytic therapy by Prentice and McNicol, and a scholarly look at fibrinogen digestion products by Plow and his associates. A valuable chapter by Poller on oral contraception and its relation to thrombosis summarizes the large literature in this controversial area.

Viewed from the standpoint of the pathologist, the blood coagulationist, and the physiologist, thrombosis receives a well-balanced look in this upto-date treatise, which can be highly recommended as a

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