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From The CriticsReviewer: Katherine Brown, DO (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a brief manual about the basics of venous disease and the outpatient treatments for superficial venous disease. The book focuses on superficial venous disease and is not a comprehensive review of all aspects of venous pathology.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "information that was interesting as well as helpful to clinicians at all levels" that would subsequently "increase understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment options for all forms of venous disease."
Audience: The book is suited for any level of clinician. It is more directed at nurses, students, resident physicians, and other physicians who are not experienced in the surgical treatment of venous disease, but parts of the book would be appropriate and helpful for practitioners who treat patients with superficial venous disease on a regular basis. The editor is a leader in the field.
Features: A description of venous anatomy and the pathophysiology of venous disease begins the book, with subsequent chapters describing various treatment options for superficial venous disease. It concludes with chapters devoted to venous ulcers and a description of the classification system for venous disorders. Because of its limited scope, the book does not cover the diagnosis and treatment of complex deep venous disease entities and does not discuss venous malformations or other congenital venous conditions. Extending the scope of the book to include these topics as well as the historical venous operations would make it more comprehensive and interesting. The pictures are excellent, but several chapters are without pictures or tables. The references at the end of each chapter are comprehensive and current and add substantially to the content.
Assessment: This manual is a good quick read for clinicians interested in venous disease. Its focus is primarily on superficial venous disease and the ambulatory treatment of superficial venous problems. Adding chapters on deep venous disease as well as venous malformations would make it a more comprehensive manual of venous disease and extend the scope of the target audience.