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Varicose veins of the lower extremities are among the most persistent and tormenting afflictions of adult age, not only because of our comparative ignorance of the absolute causes of the condition in the majority of cases, but especially because in the few cases where the cause can be clearly made out, it is almost a matter of impossibility to remove it. Varicose veins are produced either by an increased blood pressure within the veins, or by a diminished resistance of the vessel walls, or both. Whatever be the special cause, the eventual result is nearly always the same—a permanent state of dilatation and consequent thinning out of the walls of the veins on account of the sluggish circulation and increased blood pressure. We know how this condition reaches its climax in a rupture of the vein, giving a serious hemorrhage on the one hand, or if the affected vessels be
LA PLACE E. A NEW METHOD FOR THE RADICAL CURE OF VARICOSE VEINS.Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1893;XXI(7):237–238. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420590023002b
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