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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Gregory Aaron Feldman, M.D. (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This introductory book on endovascular interventions is edited by two of the most distinctive voices in contemporary vascular surgery, Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty and Dr. Rodney A. White. Its 33 succinct chapters introduce the major themes of endovascular practice in a readily accessible format. This edition represents substantial changes in content, reflecting the dramatic developments in devices and techniques since the previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: Intended for clinicians whose familiarity with endovascular interventions ranges from none to moderate, the book serves as a broad overview for the first audience, and allows adaptation of new practices by the second.
Audience: The level of detail is well calibrated for fellows, senior residents, and clinicians from the fields of vascular surgery, interventional radiology, and peripheral cardiology seeking a clear and approachable introduction to common elements of contemporary endovascular practice.
Features: The first of the book's five sections provides an overview of the history of endovascular practice and an introduction to the pathophysiology of peripheral vascular disease. The second covers the topics of training and credentialing; patient assessment; and periprocedural management. The third section describes the optimal design of endovascular suites and introduces several adjunctive endovascular technologies, including angioscopy and intravascular ultrasound imaging. The fourth section introduces the basic tools and techniques used in common endovascular interventions, and the final section focuses on areas of particular specialization and innovation, including carotid stenting, hybrid repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, and laparoscopic aortic surgery.
Assessment: This book could be read from cover-to-cover as an accessible introduction to major topics in endovascular practice, or simply used as a reference on selected topics. The text, in general, is clear and concise. Graphs and illustrations are spare but effective. The last two sections (on instrumentation and techniques) serve particularly well as modular and practical guides to elements of contemporary endovascular practice. The existence of this book could nearly be justified by the introductory chapter alone, which outlines the history of endovascular technologies in a lively, engaging, and anecdotal manner. That chapter concludes with an impassioned argument for the creation of a scientific environment that fosters rather than stifles true innovation, declaring: "Those who say it cannot be done should not get in the way of those who are doing it."