Edited by Victor M. Bernhard and Jonathan B. Towne, 521 pp, with illus, $89, St Louis, Mo, Quality Medical Publishing Inc, 1991.
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This text contains the edited proceedings of a symposium held at the University of Arizona, Tucson, in March 1991. Many of the authors are internationally recognized for their expertise in the management of complicated secondary and tertiary vascular reconstructions. Although the multiauthored nature of the text accounts for some unevenness in presentation, most authors have focused appropriately on elucidating the mechanisms of complications so they can be most effectively avoided.
The book begins with an interesting discussion of current standards for reporting complications in vascular surgery, followed by a chapter categorizing errors in noninvasive vascular testing. While these chapters are thoughtful and extensive, the strength of the book lies in the subsequent discussions of specific complications and their avoidance, recognition, and treatment. Several chapters are particularly clear and complete. These include the chapters on hypercoagulable states, complications of anticoagulation, visceral ischemic syndromes, and impotence after aortic surgery. An extensive discussion
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