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Ischemic Forms of Venous Thrombosis: Phlegamasia Cerulea Dolens Venoys Gangrene.

John A. Moncrief, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(1):160. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650010138051.
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This small text is devoted to the severe circulatory disturbances of the extremities secondary to venous thrombosis which are covered by a variety of terms, including phlegmasia cerulea dolens. Of the 230 pages, 73 are taken up with extensive tables listing individual cases of venous occlusion and adding little if anything to the substance of the text. Such space would more profitably have been used for more of the excellent photographs which are already present in the text but in small number.

Although the author distinguishes between the various types of venous thrombosis and between venous thrombosis and arterial embolism in the chapter on diagnosis, the earlier discussions shift too rapidly back and forth between the different types of venous thrombosis, which are not clearly separated. The reader has difficulty in being certain which condition is being discussed without considerable rereading. The section on pathologic physiology reviews the pertinent literature


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