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June 13, 1959

Vascular Surgery

JAMA. 1959;170(7):883. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010070123026

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Although intended as such it is hardly a compliment to the author to call his book the finest written on the subject, since there has been a distinct lack of good books in this field. The present book, therefore, fills a real need. It covers the subject of peripheral vascular surgery but does not include cardiac or thoracic aortic surgery. The book is well organized and the writing is concise. The illustrations are numerous and well selected. The chapters on fundamental principles and diagnosis are superb. Of special interest is the inclusion in the appendix of simple illustrations of surgical incisions and operative procedures. In the preface the author states that the book is based on his personal experience. As a result undue emphasis is placed on sympathectomy as compared to reconstructive surgery. It is true, however, that sympathectomy is of fundamental importance and more useful than the enthusiasts of

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