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March 1965

Occlusion of the Superior Mesenteric Artery (Monograph in American Lectures in Surgery).

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(3):362. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860150106023

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While a great many books have been written about occlusion of coronary arteries and some have dealt with vascular disease of separate blood vessels, such as renal or cerebral vessels, not many monographs have been devoted to the problem of vascular disease and occlusion of a single vessel, such as the superior mesenteric. Much interest, however, has focused on an effort to diagnose so-called abdominal angina or the syndrome of ischemia associated with narrowing or occlusion of the mesenteric arteries. This book, approaching the problem from the vantage point of anatomy and pathophysiology, includes a study of the diagnosis, methods of treatment, illustrative case histories, and then a summary and conclusions. Unfortunately the book has a number of lapses from good literary style. One finds too much use of elegant substitutes like "demise" for death, a comment about "a critical stage in the pathology of the lesion," a statement that

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