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April 1971

Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(4):434. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350040196038

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This book has 20 chapters, each designed to dissect its particular subject in depth. This has been done successfully. Several test sallies were made seeking for special minutiae, and all were found except the matter of the role of alterations in electropotentials of the vessel wall as causative factors in thrombi. The book is remarkably cohesive, considering that there are three main authors and four other contributors.

Because of the fragmentation into so many chapters, it is hard to tell where one may find a given subject. The chapter titles, "Pathology of Venous Thrombosis," "Predisposing Factors," "Mechanisms," and "Physiological Studies," suggest that a discussion of the changes in numbers of platelets after operation, for example, might be found in one of them. But, no, it is found in "Pulmonary Microembolism," and the rather sketchy index did not help. But there is apparently no repetition. Everything is there once; it is

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