September 1985

Vascular Surgery: Principles and Techniques

Author Affiliations

San Mateo, Calif


edited by Henry Haimovici, 1,187 pp, with illus, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(9):1091. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390330097029

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It is impossible to review a textbook of vascular surgery without comparing and contrasting it with the other vascular surgery texts published recently. These include Rutherford's Vascular Surgery and Moore's Comprehensive Review of Vascular Surgery. Such an analysis is not unfair and may be enlightening.

Vascular Surgery: Principles and Techniques is tome-sized, with 1,187 pages and 45 contributors. Unlike the other vascular texts, however, Dr Haimovici is himself the author of one half of the chapters (34/71). This offers the reader the benefit of continuity of opinion and 40 years of experience in experimental and clinical vascular surgery. Unfortunately, it also tends toward parochialism.

The book is divided into subdivisions that are kept simple. The first three deal with basic considerations and technique, the fourth with aortic and lower-extremity arterial surgery, the fifth with visceral surgery (including cerebrovascular insufficiency by Dr Jesse Thompson), and the last three sections deal with

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