The title of this concise volume could have been Peripheral Vascular Disease, for it addresses itself to the general medical reader as much as to the surgeon. It contains excellent and up-to-date reviews of vascular physiology, clotting mechanisms, hemorrhagic disorders, fibrinolysis, pathology, and the problem of hyperproteinemia. Most of the diseases affecting the abdominal aorta and the peripheral arteries, with the exception of the coronary arteries, the systemic veins, and the lymphatics, are considered. Dissecting aneurysm of the thoracic aorta is also discussed. Surgical technique is treated mainly in the chapters on arterial injury, amputation, and microvascular surgery (three of 20 chapters), although there are some helpful technical suggestions scattered through other parts of the book.
While most contributors are based in London, some are from other parts of the British empire (past and present), so that the book responds to our curiosity as to experience elsewhere. An interesting esoteric