Reviewer: James S.T. Yao, MD, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This sixth volume in the "Wylie's Atlas of Vascular Surgery" series focuses on disorders of the extremities.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide vascular surgeons with concepts and techniques in the management of disorders of the extremities, from four decades of experience at UCSF.
Audience: Although it is not clearly stated, I presume that the audience is practicing vascular surgeons and trainees in vascular surgery.
Features: The atlas has a unique format: concise text on clinical problems generously illustrated with large, detailed, full-color drawings, operative photographs, and pertinent x-rays that demonstrate specific vascular problems and their solutions. The color drawings of anatomy or surgical technique by Ted Bloodhart are superb and rightfully the strength of the atlas. Nearly every subject on vascular disorders of the extremities is covered. The book is handsomely bound, with excellent reproduction ofcolor photogra phs.
Assessment: In general, the atlas covers most surgical procedures adequately, especially on the use of autogenous tissue. There are some serious shortcomings. The exposure of peroneal or tibial arteries at the calf was not included. The description of in situ vein graft is inadequate. For upper extremity ischemia, the description of the decompression procedure of the thoracic outlet is excellent. Bypass graft to brachial artery and its branches, however, was conspicuously absent. The atlas is suitable as a reference in surgical technique in the library.