November 1985

Angioplasty: Proceedings of the Symposium on Angioplasty Held at the Royal College of Physicians of London, December 1983

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edited by R. J. Vecht, 133 pp, with illus, $39.50, London, Pitman Books Ltd, 1984.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(11):1327. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390350103033

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This slim volume contains the proceedings of a conference on angioplasty held in London in 1983, at which numerous European authorities were speakers. The papers that were presented covered the topics of peripheral limb, abdominal, and coronary angioplasty and concentrated not only on results but also on techniques.

In a rapidly changing and advancing field such as this, it is obviously impossible for a book to present the latest results. But because the editor and publishers have done a commendably speedy job of putting the information together, an up-to-date review is presented that gives an excellent idea of what angioplasty can achieve.

A surgeon reads this book with mixed feelings. While reading the descriptions of successful multiple angioplasties, both in peripheral arteries and coronaries, he/she gets the feeling that, within a short time, many surgical vascular procedures will become unnecessary—at least temporarily. It is hard to believe that merely enlarging

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