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Book and Media Reviews
December 9, 2009

Peripheral Arterial Disease

JAMA. 2009;302(22):2488-2493. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1817

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common disorder and has well-known associations with morbidity and mortality. It is often underdiagnosed, even by astute, seasoned clinicians. With this in mind, the recent publication of Peripheral Arterial Disease by the father-and-sons team of Dieter, Dieter, and Dieter is especially welcome.

One of the many aspects that make this text a wonderful contribution to the literature and deserving of a place in any clinician's library is its comprehensiveness. In the daily parlance of medicine, the term PAD, by itself, can lead to confusion, because depending on the source, it may refer only to vascular disease of the lower extremities. However, this text deals not only with the arterial supply to the lower extremities but also contains illuminating chapters on all major extracardiac arterial systems: carotid arteries, ascending and descending thoracic aorta, abdominal aorta, vertebrobasilar and intracranial systems, and mesenteric and renal arteries. Even the evaluation and treatment of erectile dysfunction is included.