There is no doubt that peripheral vascular disease is a very
important cause of death and morbidity allover the globe. With
the ageing of populations particularly in Western countries and
even in some developing countries like ours, more and more
patients are seen suffering from vascular diseases. The field
of vascular biology, medicine, and surgery is rapidly expanding.
However, knowledge about this common problem is still not
sufficient for physicians dealing with vascular patients such
as internists, family physicians, cardiologists, radiologists,
surgeons (vascular, general, plastic) and paediatrists. This book
is intended to help all of these practitioners.
The first part is initiated with a brief review of the clinical
clues to peripheral vascular disease followed by physical
examination and non-invasive vascular laboratory procedures.
The chapters about coagulation, fibrinolysis and interventional
treatment are brief, informative and updated. As this book
was not intended for vascular surgeons only, the next two parts
cover arterial and venous disorders in a very general but
comprehensive fashion concentrating on common problems
including those which are more related to the medical field such
as hypertension, systemic vasculitis, etc. I find that Part IV
of the book about lymphoedema was not as useful due to the
depressing prognosis of this unsolved problem.
The last part of the book is very readable and covers nicely
some diverse practical subjects of utmost clinical importance
to undergraduate as well as postgraduate medical students.
This book is fairly concise, well written and presents updated
comprehensive reviews of common peripheral vascular diseases.
It is well supported with figures and tables. Certainly, it is a
highly valuable book which is recommended to all physicians
including those who are not surgical specialists who deal with