May 1986

Vascular Surgery

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edited by P. Bell and N. Tilney, 304 pp, $39.95, Woburn, Mass, Butterworths, 1985.

Arch Surg. 1986;121(5):614. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400050132019

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This review of 12 controversial subjects in vascular surgery is the fourth (and the best so far) in the Butterworths International Medical Review Series devoted to surgery. The two world-class editors chose their subjects well and selected the authors from equally confident and authoritarian British and American colleagues. The reader may not agree with some of the opinions of the authors but there can be no mistake about where the author stands and why. The opening blast by Charles-worth (Manchester, England) leaves no doubt of his disappointment with the myriad of available complex noninvasive laboratory studies. This will bring a shiver to a significant segment of the instrument manufacturers but comes as no surprise to most critical vascular surgeons. The same theme with minor key variations is contained in the chapter reviewing combined segment disease. It turns out that many important decisions about whether to attack inflow or outflow disease

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