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October 27, 1989

Iatrogenic Vascular Injuries

JAMA. 1989;262(16):2306-2307. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430160134046

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Medical libraries contain shelves full of books on trauma. Some contain the several specialized volumes dealing with vascular trauma, but none display a volume dedicated to iatrogenic vascular injuries. This volume, authoritatively prepared by two well-recognized and experienced vascular surgeons, will erase that deficit. It is packed with facts; clear diagrams relieve the monotony of the printed page, and the references provided are complete, accurate, and up-to-date. Predictably, this volume will be useful to general surgeons, vascular surgeons, and attorneys concerned with plaintiff and defense medical litigation.

Vascular trauma is epidemic because of the mobility and velocity of today's society. Iatrogenic vascular injury is endemic because of the nature of diagnostic and therapeutic arterial and venous catheterization. Furthermore, proximity of important vascular structures to designated fields in operative surgery places these vessels at hazard during conventional and unconventional surgical procedures.

"... [A] physician's knowledge of iatrogenic injuries and of how to