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November 1974

ArteriographyCornerstone of Vascular Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine and the Specialized Center of Research in Hypertension, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(5):605-611. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360050003003

Many factors and individuals have contributed to the development of vascular surgery as we know it today. The classic contributions of Carrel, Matas, deTakats, Crafoord, Blalock, Gross, Julian, Shumacher, DeBakey, Linton, and others too numerous to mention are examples. However, in my opinion, one of the most important factors in the rapid development of vascular surgery over the last two decades has been the widespread application of arteriography in the study of patients with suspected arterial disease. Prior to 1952, most physicians considered arteriosclerosis to be a generalized systemic disease for which little or nothing could be done. Arteriography was considered to be meddlesome, unwarranted, and dangerous. Following the reports of Oudot1 and of DuBost and his associates2 of successful resection and homograft replacement of the abdominal aorta, interest in vascular surgery skyrocketed. This interest in vascular surgery provided a tremendous impetus for the development of improved angiographic

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