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August 1976

Hemodynamics for Surgeons

Arch Surg. 1976;111(8):929-930. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360260097031

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This book covers every facet of hemodynamics, ranging from basic principles through physical and mechanical properties of blood vessels to practical matters such as objective assessment of arterial and venous disease and vascular grafting. The final chapters cover certain special areas including extracranial arterial disease, portal hypertension, renovascular hypertension, Raynaud disease and phenomenon, and cold injury.

It is a long, expensive, encyclopedic—and perhaps verbose—book, and an enormous amount of scholarship was poured into it. It is an invaluable reference volume for those interested in minute details of arterial and venous hemodynamics, but the average practitioner, whether vascular surgeon or otherwise, should inspect it carefully at the nearest medical library before buying it. He may find that large portions of the book (for example, the first 205 pages) contain far more theoretical material than he wants or needs, and he may be annoyed by the textual cluttering by parenthetical references. But

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