The author has undertaken the task of compiling information about the clinical manifestations and treatment of atherosclerosis. Despite the use of the general term "arteriosclerosis" in the title, the author deals chiefly in this book with atherosclerosis and not generally with hyperplastic or occlusive disease of the arterioles. His approach considers atherosclerosis of the aorta and the arteries of the heart, brain, retina, limbs, and abdominal viscera as all being a part of the same disease process. Since treatment of atherosclerosis per se hinges upon a definition of causative factors, which are at present obscure, the author devotes most of the book to the management of the complications of atherosclerosis. These include angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. There is a complete discussion of the differential diagnosis of chest pain.
The book is described as being intended for the general practitioner. As such,