This volume is one in a series dedicated to reviewing common clinical problems encountered by surgeons. Dr Brewster is the editor of this volume related to vascular problems, and he has recruited a superb group of contributors with special expertise in the specific problem each addresses.
The format consists of a brief (threeor four-sentence) synopsis of a clinical vascular problem, a five- to nine-page analysis, and six to ten pertinent references. There appears to be no standard imposed style for the analysis; each essayist provides his personal view of the salient issues and then proceeds to present his method of approaching the problem with the reasons for his choices. Dr Brewster's charge to his authors appears to have been to assume no detailed knowledge of the state of the art by the reader, to set forth a logical and careful treatment plan, and to express thoughts clearly and thoroughly, but