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September 2, 1950

Varicose Veins

JAMA. 1950;144(1):75. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920010077031

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This monograph on varicose veins, by an author of distinction and authority in this field, is well written and profusely illustrated throughout. The importance of this too frequently neglected field is pointed out in the preface, where it is stated that there are probably 5,000,000 sufferers from varicose veins in Great Britain alone. This can be reinterpreted by the reader of this review in terms of the United States.

The author has prepared an excellent historical section, pointing out the importance of varicose veins from the beginning of history and also the recurrent, cyclic return of the surgeons to classic procedures described, in principle at least, repeatedly during the previous centuries. Today, fortunately, with the use of antibiotics and anticoagulants and better surgical technics, there is a great improvement in the immediate and late results from varicose vein surgery. The section on examination and study of the patient is well

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