This amazing book is an exhaustive treatise on the theoretic and laboratory aspects of the human pulse and blood pressure. It would be difficult to discover any omissions of mathematical, physical or historical material; the book is evidently the result of a lifetime of patient collecting of material relating to hemodynamics. Every imaginable type of sphygmographic and sphygmomanometric device is illustrated and discussed. The historical notes are interesting and bear witness not only to the cooperation of investigators of many different countries in advancing hemodynamics but to the broadness of the author's perspective.
The book does not concern itself with questions of pathogenesis, diagnosis or biometry such as might arise, for instance, in life insurance work; consequently, its use to a practicing physician would be limited to occasional reference, for instance, on the construction and use of instruments like Pachon's oscillometer in cases of peripheral vascular disease. But for any