The discovery by the authors of the haemodynamic significance of the venous pump in the sole of the foot and the nature of many other musculo-venous pumps, has led to an understanding not only of the return of blood to the heart, but also the importance of veins in controlling the capillary circulation by the production of tissue hormones, particularly EDRF, that match the blood supply to oxygen requirements.
The discovery of the physiological venous foot pump led the authors to develop an impulse compression device for the foot that mimics the effects of natural weightbearing, increases total blood flow and reduces the risk of thrombosis in immobilised patients. Impulse compression also reduces post-traumatic pain and swelling and is effective in compartmental syndromes, in both venous and arterial insufficiency and in the treatment of Sudeck’s dystrophy.
Providing as it does a unified explanation of venous haemodynamics and the function of the veins in controlling the circulation, this book with over 1400 references, is destined to become a frequently quoted authorative medical classic. The clinical implications of the new understanding provided in this book make it essential reading for all clinical specialities.
Categories of readership: vascular and orthopaedic surgeons, pathologists and physiologists.