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August 1956

Surgery in World War II: Vascular Surgery.

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Edited by Daniel C. Elkin, M.D. and Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Price, $4.25. Pp. 465, with 54 illustrations and 88 charts and tables. Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(2):250-251. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250260124015

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This work consists of compilation of the clinical experience gained by the United States Army Medical Department at three Zone of the Interior Vascular Centers in the management of vascular injuries and disease during and following World War II. A major portion of the text concerns the surgical treatment of 2471 arterial injuries, of which there were 593 arteriovenous fistulae and 221 traumatic arterial aneurysms. This surgical experience is concisely presented and well illustrated by numerous case reports and illustrations. With but few exceptions, the patients were treated surgically in an era which preceded the use of arterial homotransplants. A remarkably low morbidity and mortality are recorded.

Portions of the text dealing with the emergency management of patients whose injuries include serious vascular trauma will be found especially valuable to those interested in traumatic surgery and civilian defense preparations. In addition, an extensive experience with nontraumatic vascular disorders is presented

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