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September 28, 1940

Manual of Peripheral Vascular Disorders

JAMA. 1940;115(13):1125-1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810390065031

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The general plan of this book is excellent. There are chapters on symptoms, history taking, physical examination, methods of studying circulation, evaluation of various tests of circulatory function, clinical application of circulatory tests, occlusive vascular disorders of various forms, treatment, vasospastic and vasodilator disorders, hypertension, traumatic vasospasm, gangrene and disorders of veins. Lymphedema is not considered.

While many phases of the subjects presented are admittedly controversial, many statements are made which conflict with the views of accepted experts in the field of peripheral circulation. These statements should not detract greatly from the value of the book. The author writes that claudication is "frequently" relieved by rest. It always is. He states that circulation is normal if pulsations in the dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial arteries are normal, yet there have been reports of thromboangiitis obliterans involving digital arteries when pulsations were normal in the dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial arteries.

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