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May 1976

Atlas of Applied Vascular Surgery

Arch Surg. 1976;111(5):620. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360230120037

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This book is refreshing because it is so un-American. It is Japanese in delicacy of drawings, in subjects treated, and even in literary style. The artwork in fine line drawings is clear and instructive—the colored operative photographs are decorative, though for the most part uninformative.

The authors stress certain subjects to the deemphasis or exclusion of others that Americans are accustomed to see in vascular surgical atlases. The principal and astounding omission is the treatment of arteriosclerotic disease, both aneurysmic and obliterative.

The pervading thrust of the presentation is the Japanese vascular stapling machine, which plays a part in every operation described. The atlas is essentially built around the machine. The authors even introduce fallopian tube anastomosis, since this is one of the device's conquests.

They describe the femoropopliteal saphenous vein bypass in detail, or as it is done for "diffuse occlusive lesions," and here they mean thromboangiitis obliterans, not

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