In the Preface of A Primer of Peripheral Vascular Diseases the authors clearly state their purpose—"to provide a framework"— and in general they have accomplished this purpose.
The first seven chapters dealing with physiology are succinct and clear with simple and pertinent diagrams. The chapter on blood coagulation unfortunately seems too abbreviated in light of the importance of thrombosis in peripheral vascular disease. In the chapter on methods of study, less than one page is devoted to radiographic techniques; this section would be improved considerably by more detail, particularly if additional illustrations and more attention to interpretation of angiograms were given. Certainly, angiography is one of the most important developments in peripheral vascular disease in recent years and is finding increasing clinical application.
A chapter on therapy is presented before the history and physical examination are considered. This "cart before the horse" approach is a bit awkward but is no