We have come to expect an article, text, or lecture prepared by Dr Henry Haimovici to be lucid, well organized, and scholarly. His most recent textbook, Vascular Emergencies, fulfills these expectations. It is not a comprehensive treatise on all vascular problems—arterial, venous, and lymphatic. Rather, it focuses on "life and limb threatening conditions requiring immediate attention and prompt action." The intended audience includes experienced surgeons as well as internists and emergency room physicians. Therefore, the reader should not expect a dissertation on chronic venous ulcers or lymphedema or the natural history of intermittent claudication. However, if one is looking for information on the management of a patient with a femoral embolus and myoglobulinuria, with a ruptured aneurysm and acute renal failure, or with an occluded aorto-femoral graft—this is the place to start.
The book is divided into five sections. The first is called "Basic Considerations." It reviews noninvasive diagnosis, angiography,