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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This book fills the need for a comprehensive text on lymphedema that describes the history, anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lymphatic system of the human body. This will become a seminal work on a vexing and heretofore poorly understood organ system.
Purpose: The authors have drawn together a simple set of guidelines for treatment and management and produced a base of knowledge for medical professionals and patients alike. As this area is one of the least researched of organ systems, this is a necessary and timely effort. The authors have produced a reference for all who treat patients with these problems.
Audience: The book is primarily for medical and surgical specialists who are faced with the long term patient follow-up of congenital abnormalities, surgical results, and medical complications of disease. Clearly, in the current information age, it will be a book for patients who are looking for relief of their condition and understand that there is treatment available in specialized centers.
Features: A historical background begins the book, which is followed by the anatomy and physiology involved. A generous number of superlative color photographs illustrate various conditions and results after successful treatment. One of the major contributions to the literature is a comparison of the various classification systems of lymphedema; in particular, the utility of a clinical and laboratory staging system. This is an excellent discussion.
Assessment: This is a most important book that exquisitely outlines where the state of medicine is currently in the diagnosis and treatment of a frustrating chronic condition. It is a worthy addition to every surgical, general medical, and cardiovascular library. The authors are to be commended on a superb work.