Peripheral vascular disease is the oft-neglected country cousin of the more glamorous cardiac disease. Disorders of peripheral vasculature offer as vexing and challenging therapeutic problems as any others in medicine. This issue of Cardiovascular Clinics provides a liberal assortment of essays from 19 clinicians embracing a panorama of subjects related to peripheral vascular disease. There is a chapter on recent diagnostic advances in the study of peripheral blood flow (thermography, plethysmography, clearance methods, vibrometry, capillary microscopy, ultrasound). There is surprisingly little discussion of the "Doppler technique," which has become quite popular in many clinics.
Other discussions include "Natural History of Arteriosclerosis Obliterans," "Dissecting Aneurysms," medical management (by Gilroy) and surgical management (by Beven) of extracranial vascular disease, lymphedema management, and many others.
As in other editions of Cardio-vascular Clinics, no pretense is made at textbook comprehensiveness, but the material is current, and it is written in lively, readable style