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March 31, 1956

Peripheral Vascular Disease

JAMA. 1956;160(13):1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960480082030

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This monograph attempts to present a practical approach to the problem of peripheral vascular disorders. It deals with the diseases, particularly those occurring in Australia, of the arteries and veins of the extremities. Disorders of the lymphatic channels are not considered. Technically the material is well presented and lucidly illustrated. The first section of the book consists of a chapter on a historical survey of the field, one on the physiology of the blood vessels, and one on methods of diagnosis of arterial insufficiency. A large part of the latter chapter is devoted to a description of laboratory procedures for the study of peripheral blood flow such as the venous occlusion plethysmographic method and calorimetry. Since these techniques have little or no clinical application, their emphasis in a small monograph on the practical aspects of peripheral vascular diseases appears pointless. In the second section the pathology of the various clinical

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