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June 17, 1939

Medizinische Praxis: Sammlung für ärztliche Fortbildung

JAMA. 1939;112(24):2559. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800240075031

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This is the twenty-seventh volume of a series of monographs written for the general practitioner. It is the first German treatise on the disturbances of peripheral circulation and, as the author himself has stressed, leans heavily on Sir Thomas Lewis's classic description of the vascular disorders of the limbs. It is a short concise exposition of the present day status in this field. Certain statements may seem stimulating or controversial to the American reader, such as that large epidemics are followed by a marked increase in Buerger's disease, that insulin produces vasospasm, edema and hemorrhages and that lack of the insulin-free pancreatic extract may be the cause of the peripheral circulatory failure in diabetes, that small doses of ergotamine (0.05 mg.) are useful in the treatment of vasospasm, that large doses of androgenic and estrogenic substances are to be administered to men and women respectively for their vasodilating effect, that

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