The author's point of view is well summarized in Dr. Ravdin's foreword: "This is not a handbook of preoperative and postoperative care. It is, however, a volume which provides the physiologic basis for many types of surgical therapy. It gives further evidence of the abnormalities of function imposed by disease and injury. Certain of these circumstances are of a complex nature, but the author has presented his material as simply as possible.
"Numerous of the subjects which Dr. Hardy has covered will require further intensive investigation before they are completely understood. He has, however, brought all available material together which can be accepted at this time, and this in itself is an achievement of real merit. His bibliographies are excellent."
The scope of the author's interest is inclusive as far as the glands of internal secretion are concerned. Surgical techniques are given relatively little space, so that the reader can