Reviewer: Mark K Eskandari, MD, RVT (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: In this volume, the editors review several controversial treatment alternatives available for the care of patients afflicted with peripheral vascular disease.
Purpose: As is customary for this series, each chapter of this book is written by respected national and international experts in their field. All seven sections start with a brief, yet appropriate, introduction followed by a comprehensive review of traditional treatment options and current clinical practice patterns. The book concludes with a summary and/or discussion section and a list of recent and pertinent references. Tables, photos, and illustrations are used to emphasize important points and are used appropriately.
Audience: This book is intended for practitioners treating patients with peripheral vascular disease and is written by respected experts in the field.
Features: The first five sections on carotid artery disease, aortic disease, visceral artery disease, access for hemodialysis, and venous disease are thorough and informative for anyone who cares for patients with vascular disease. Section six specifically covers two topics: credentialing for endovascular techniques and use of beta-blockers. Both of these are timely. The credentialing section, in particular, is nicely presented and includes a comparative look at the current guidelines for various interventional disciplines. This will likely become a critical issue both in private and academic practices nationwide in the coming years. The final section very briefly touches on the emerging field of brachytherapy. The discussion is limited to the few trials focusing on brachytherapy following angioplasty in the femoral-popliteal arterial system; it might have been useful to include some information about its use in other vascular systems (i.e., following coronary artery stenting).
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to the prior volumes. The editors boldly follow the newest trends in vascular surgery and provide a thorough analysis of the most recent clincial experiences worldwide.