Vascular surgery as self-contained and a distinct specialty, has a very brief history. Virtually all of its development has taken place in the last thirty years.
In the past decade, there has been an exponential rise in the number of vascular surgical procedures performed. This increase has been the result of a number of factors, including the widespread use of noninvasive diagnostic laboratories, increased awareness of the surgical treatment of vascular disorders, and broader applications of vascular techniques. Concomitant with this growth, publishers have rushed to press with books on widely varying topics in vascular surgery.
Since 1976, 87 new titles on vascular subjects have been published. This proliferation of written material may also be the result of American board certification in general vascular surgery and emphasis on passing the written examination. Vascular Surgery: Principles and Practice by Wilson et al is the latest of the major vascular textbooks. This