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December 25, 1943

Peripheral Vascular Diseases (Angiology)

JAMA. 1943;123(17):1147. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840520063027

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The author offers a brief outline of peripheral vascular diseases, divided into nineteen chapters. Each chapter is followed by a representative list of references. There are no illustrations, although the anatomy of the peripheral vessels and the anatomy of the autonomic nervous system could have been greatly elucidated by a few simple line drawings. The anatomy of the vascular tree is a purely descriptive enumeration of branches without any attempt to establish patterns of collateral circulation in the case when the main pathways are obstructed. The autonomic nervous system also receives a simple enumeration; a diagram would be very useful. The author does not regard the histamine flare, the saline wheal, the intermittent hyperemia, suction and pressure, and sympathetic denervation as being of much value. Papaverine is a "theoretical vasodilator"; deep venous thrombosis of the lower leg is not mentioned as a clinical entity. Paravertebral sympathetic block as a diagnostic

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