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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven S. Kang, MD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a book covering vascular medicine initially published in 1991. Its editors are vascular medicine specialists at the Cleveland Clinic, and the majority of the more than 50 contributors are also from the Cleveland Clinic, less than a third of whom are vascular surgeons.
Purpose: The goal is to provide an overview of peripheral vascular diseases without the emphasis on surgical techniques. In essence, it is a textbook on vascular medicine, the medical counterpart to vascular surgery. The editors suggest that this is a topic that is not sufficiently taught in medical school or during postgraduate training, and I agree.
Audience: This book is intended for physicians in various disciplines who may treat patients with peripheral vascular diseases. This would include internists, family physicians, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, surgeons in various specialties, and podiatrists.
Features: The illustrations are well reproduced, and most are useful and of good quality. There are a dozen color photographs in the beginning of the book that are dramatic but do not add much. The binding is sturdy and the text is easy to read.
Assessment: The book meets its objectives as a text of vascular medicine. Although it come five years after the first edition, much of it seems unchanged. It would be useful for vascular medicine specialists in training and practicing physicians with a special interest in vascular diseases. Vascular surgeons may also find some of the book useful, especially those chapters dealing with nonsurgical conditions. However, the family physician or internist looking for practical information will find some, but along with that, will find too much detail on techniques and uncommon conditions.