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December 29, 1951


Author Affiliations

Newark, N. J.

Assistant Surgeon, Peripheral Vascular Service. Presbyterian Hospital and Newark City Hospital.

JAMA. 1951;147(18):1759-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.73670350003010a

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Venous thrombosis, with its insidious onset and disabling, if not tragic, complications, is receiving more attention than ever by surgeons, internists, and obstetricians. As medical science conquers more and more of the traditional foes of mankind, it becomes only natural that intravascular clotting command and receive more attention. Furthermore, with the ever-increasing elective invasion of heretofore unexplored surgical fields, the problem of postoperative venous thrombosis becomes even greater.

Whether or not venous thrombosis is actually on the increase, the medical profession has become more conscious of the problem, so that routine postoperative examination of the lower extremities is a daily function of all surgical residents and surgeons, and should be for obstetricians and internists as well, especially in the elderly bedridden patients.

Much of the difficulty in the management of thromboembolism is due to the fact that diagnosis is frequently not established until serious embolic manifestations have arisen. Recently Dr.

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