March 1975

Vascular Disorders of the Extremities

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ed 2, by David I. Abramson, 898 pp, $42.50, Harper & Row Publishers, Inc, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(3):353. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360090123032

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This is a large, handsome book, weighing six pounds. It is the fourth book written by the author on vascular problems since 1944, one of the previous ones being the first edition, which appeared in 1956 under the title Diagnosis and Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disorders. So, the author knows his subject and this book is encyclopedic in scope. I defy anyone to think of a peripheral vascular topic from glomus tumor to postamputation prosthesis and fail to find it in the index.

The illustrations are well done. Indeed, it is hard to find an unsatisfactory one in the book. The format is excellent, with one major exception, and this the author apologizes for in the preface. But his subsequent justification for maintaining it is unconvincing. I refer to extensive cross-references by chapter, paragraph, and subparagraph designations, such as "See XXXVII.B.2;D.2.b." Cross-referencing is a lot of work but, when properly

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