No one doubts that thrombosis is a major cause of death and disability in our population. Speculation is rife as to why this disorder of veins and arteries is so particularly frequent in Americans and in those other peoples who have a similar mode of life. Undoubtedly old age itself and lengthy antemortem periods of bed rest for most citizens are contributing factors. Other factors may include the sedentary life of ease which machines have provided, the "fat of the land" which is eaten, and the common occurrence of a disease like atherosclerosis which sets the stage for thrombotic occlusion.
This book is addressed only to the treatment of the actual thrombotic episode and to the prevention of further thromboses in patients with a known predisposition. The author proposes in the preface that "a new era in the direct treatment of thromboembolic diseases is now possible through the clinical utilization