May 1980

Techniques in Vascular Surgery

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn


by Denton A. Cooley and Don C. Wukasch, 282 pp, 102 illus, $37.50, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(5):681. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380050101029

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"This book is humbly submitted to other members of the medical profession as a summary of conclusions which we have drawn from that greatest of teachers—personal experience." This experience with almost 2,000 patients undergoing arterial reconstruction is nicely summarized at the end of this book in a series of tables and appendices. The authors also state in the preface that their "basic purpose is to provide a convenient source for surgeons in training-residents and fellows." This goal is fulfilled admirably; in my opinion, the authors have accomplished a great deal more.

The book has three particularly noteworthy virtues: conciseness, clarity of illustration, and specificity of advice. Although it is relatively short (about 250 pages), it is extraordinarily comprehensive for its size. Almost all relevant topics of clinical vascular surgery are covered, and succinct historical notes are included in most chapters. This scope is achieved within the limitations of a short

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