Reviewer: Mark K Eskandari, MD, RVT (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of this book, which has incorporated some of the newer advances in endovascular interventions in the management of peripheral vascular disease. It is a handy, succinct manual covering the more common problems encountered in vascular disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with a rapid, easy to access reference guide of common vascular surgical problems. These objectives are met.
Audience: The author, a vascular surgeon from the U.K., is a credible authority on the topics covered in the handbook. This book is best for surgical residents or vascular fellows in training to provide some of the basic essentials of treating vascular disease.
Features: The book focuses on the surgical management of the most commonly encountered peripheral vascular surgical problems ranging from leg ischemia, aneurysmal degeneration, carotid disease, and varicose vein surgery. A particularly nice feature of this handbook is the more recent incorporation of alternative endoluminal interventions for treatment. The author makes good use of tables, figures, and algorithms to emphasize essential points in each topic reviewed.
Assessment: This is a welcome book for housestaff and fellows rotating on a vascular surgery service. It highlights many of the important points encountered by vascular surgeons with the addition of endovascular therapy.