This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
This book on pulmonary embolism is essentially a review of the major world literature on this subject. Much of the recent experimental literature on the anatomic, physiological, pharmacological, and biochemical considerations of pulmonary embolic disease, is well analyzed and convincingly evaluated. But the chapters discussing the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of pulmonary embolism—surely the heart of the book to many readers —fall down badly. The volume suggests strongly that the author has had little opportunity to take responsibility for the diagnosis and management of patients with venous thromboembolism.
The drawbacks and weaknesses of any technique for diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of pulmonary embolism are often given equal weight with the advantages, to the point where diagnosis seems universally doubtful, prevention probably futile, and treatment often either too risky or too unpromising to carry through. Thus the usefulness and safety of pulmonary angiography in demonstrating chunks of thrombus in the main
Crane C. Pulmonary Embolism: Mechanism and Management. JAMA. 1966;195(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100040131052
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.