This book is a compilation of the papers presented at a 1980 vascular symposium sponsored by Montefiore Hospital and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. It addresses those problem areas in vascular surgery that the organizers felt were of "critical importance" or "utmost interest" at that time, hence its title. Furthermore, it promises "the greatest numbers of answers to the most difficult questions most often asked by serious vascular surgeons."
The subject matter runs the gamut from diagnosis to operation to reoperation, and the list of contributors is replete with distinguished vascular surgeons who are recognized authorities in their field. Unfortunately, despite such impressive credentials, the book fails to live up to its promise. Several of the topics, such as deep venous thrombosis and causalgia, are neither new nor of "critical importance" and many controversial subjects are presented without appropriate discussion of alternative forms of therapy.