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July 1979

Venous Problems

Arch Surg. 1979;114(7):869. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370310111027

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It would be difficult to render an adverse review of a book dedicated to one of the great names in vascular surgery, Geza de Takats. But this reviewer intended to do that after he began this book, Venous Problems, edited by John J. Bergan and James S. T. Yao, some months ago. At that time, I found it cumbersome, extremely difficult to follow, and therefore most uninspiring. However, the book is a composite collection of brief papers given at a symposium in Chicago to honor Dr de Takats, and for this reason, represents multiple fragments of topic and style. In this is the great weakness of the book and the mistake this reviewer made with it by trying to read it in several consecutive sessions.

Discouraged, the book was put aside since a truly negative review did not have much appeal. However, the strength of the book appeared when I

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