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August 13, 1982

Venous Thromboembolism

JAMA. 1982;248(6):759. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060083049

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This book is the product of a distinguished group of clinical investigators at McMaster University. As such, it is a synthesis and distillation of that group's approach to a complex clinical problem. Unfortunate decisions in the design and execution of the work limit its usefulness to the clinician or to the investigator.

A major strength of the book is its treatment of the areas in which the group itself excels. The discussions of the role of fibrinolysis, noninvasive techniques for the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT), and its prophylaxis are complete and well organized. However, the discussions on thrombolytic therapy, all surgical approaches, and the postphlebitic syndrome are inadequate. Perhaps because the manuscript already may have been in press, the book does not address the conclusions of the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Thrombolytic Therapy in Thrombosis, a major development in the field. Other odd omissions