The demonstration of vasomotor innervation in the last century indicated that the vessels of the extremities might play a role in general circulatory phenomena. But it was only in this century that classical physiologists generally began to consider that such a role might be significant. Major credit for work in this field must go to clinical or applied physiologists, either with a primary interest in central pathology, such as Sir Thomas Lewis, or to the numerous internists and surgeons whose major concern is with peripheral vascular disease.
Dr. Abramson is of this latter group. In presenting this monograph, as in an earlier similar work (Vascular Responses in the Extremities of Man in Health and Disease, University of Chicago Press, 1944), he helps pay back the debt of the specialist to the general physiologist. The concern of this presentation is mainly how the vessels of the extremities participate in general physiologic