February 1978

Venous Thromboembolism

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New York


by John L. Madden and Michael Hume, 240 pp, $15, AppletonCentury-Crofts, 1976.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(2):230. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370140120032

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This compact monograph provides a fine review of the current state of the art in the field of venous thromboembolism, prepared by leading authorities in the field. One premise of the editors is that "One single, universally efficacious and acceptable treatment has not been found." The opening chapter by Gallus on "Incidence and Clinical Risk Factors" is brisk, comprehensive, and exceedingly well documented by references. In the area of diagnosis, adequate description and data are provided on the improved noninvasive techniques.

Emphasized in this monograph is information on the nonpharmacological prevention of postoperative venous thrombosis in various types of surgical procedures—an approach that is stimulating much current interest. A brief chapter on the hemodynamics of external pneumatic compression by Kamm and Shapiro indicates that, as the engineering details of flow and collapse are better understood, further improvements in the efficacy of external compression may be expected. Perhaps the highlights of

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