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September 1972

Peripheral Vascular Diseases

Arch Surg. 1972;105(3):533. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180090128036

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Twenty-six years ago a group of internists specializing in the peripheral vessels wrote a book. Passing through two further editions, in 1955 and 1962, "Allen, Barker, and Hines" has been the main reference on the subject in the English language ever since. And now the fourth edition under new authors carries the torch in style. Because of the nature of the times the first edition contained relatively little on surgery; a few references to vein stripping, skin grafting for stasis ulcer, amputation, operations for lymphedema, and some unenthusiastic remarks on sympathectomy for arteriosclerosis obliterans. Fourteen contributors participated in the first edition; six of them were surgeons. In the new edition we see 31 contributors, 11 of them, surgeons. Although the proportion of surgeons has not increased, the book, nevertheless, reflects how much vascular surgery has come into its own in the past 26 years. We learn here about all the

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