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November 16, 1957

Peripheral Circulation in Health and Disease

JAMA. 1957;165(11):1511-1512. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290151027

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This challenging and stimulating monograph on peripheral circulation is addressed to a variety of readers. The first four parts of the volume deal with basic aspects of peripheral blood flow, pathological alterations in peripheral blood flow, physiological responses to disturbances in blood flow, and therapy. This highly systematized and compressed account of knowledge is adequately supported by references to the literature in which medical students or graduate students interested in vascular disease may find a concise summary of present knowledge. The authors supply little if any information to the practitioner of medicine as to procedure except through references, giving a rather skeletonized description of diagnosis and management. Thus they mention paravertebral blocks or arteriography as something highly technical, to be read about in some other source, whereas they supply beautiful photomicrographs taken by electron-microscopy.

The main interest of the authors lies in the responses of blood vessels to varied stimuli,

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