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JST Yao, WH Pearce Practical Vascular Surgery 1999 Appleton and Lange Stanford, Connecticut 0-8385-8164-1 542 Price US $ 155.
This volume is addressed to practising vascular surgeons and residents. It has excellent contributions from several eminent North American surgeons. The book is divided into nine sections dealing with practice of vascular surgery in changing environment, non-invasive vascular lab, preoperative evaluation of vascular patient, cerebro-vascular ischemia, surgery of aorta and its branches, limb ischemia, non operative management of vascular problems, trauma and emergency surgery and venous problems. The book presupposes a certain level of knowledge of vascular disorders by its reader. It is not a “standard textbook” or even a monograph, yet the approach is innovative and thought provoking. The trend all along is simplification and elucidation of standard surgical procedures, and directions in the future. The book is by no means comprehensive, yet it makes stimulating reading on selected vascular topics. The chapters are well written, and some, like the one by KL Mattox on strategy on resuscitation of trauma patients, offer a refreshingly different perspective to a common problem faced by all surgeons.
The editors have by and large accomplished their aim, “to focus with practical aspects of vascular surgery encompassing office practice, critical care, simplified operative approaches and standard surgical procedures”. Recommended as a reference manual for the practising vascular surgeon and for libraries of Medical Colleges and large hospitals.