July 1988

Reoperative Vascular Surgery

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edited by Hugh Trout III, Joseph Giordano, and Ralph DePalma, 376 pp, with illus, $89, New York, Marcel Dekker Inc, 1987.

Arch Surg. 1988;123(7):915-916. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400310129033

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Success in vascular surgery is often more a product of persistence than of brilliance. To the overworked intern on a vascular service, it must seem that three fourths of all vascular patients have to undergo multiple operations. With more experience, one's estimate goes down somewhat. Actually, Dr DePalma says the true figures are in the 12% to 25% range, but the impression is accurate. If it offends you to take a patient back again and again, stay out of vascular surgery.

In this compact book, 31 surgeons discuss the management of patients who require reoperation. The material deals with complications as well as with progression of disease. Each chapter briefly discusses the reasons for reoperation and then concentrates on operative management of the problem. This is, then, a highly technical book, intended for the vascular specialist.

The material ranges from the mundane to the esoteric. There is a really fine

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