Sensing the need for interdisciplinary approaches to the major problem of thromboembolism, a National Research Council task force assembled a conference in Washington, DC in November 1967. The reviews of the 63 participants from Europe and North America form the contents of this timely book.
The volume is divided in six parts: clinical spectrum, epidemiology, pathoanatomy, pathogenesis, hypercoagulability and fibrinolysis, and therapy. Each article is valuable as a succinct, scholarly account of the author's special interests. As such, however, most of the papers serve to underscore the divergent pursuits of these investigators, each laboring in his own laboratory, usually incommunicado with those in other disciplines. The appraisals, which are placed at the end of only three of the parts—by Wright on clinical problems, Lilienfeld on epidemiology, and Brinkhous on pathogenesis—help to place the plethora of data, emerging concepts, and significant gaps in proper prospective. The reader, will wish, however,