The author's foreword modestly states that this is not a textbook on military surgery, but a vade mecum on the treatment of war wounds. But the difference between this and a textbook is that theories and nonessentials are here omitted, and that essentials are concisely presented. It is a practical, complete handbook for the Army surgeon on the transportation and management of the wounded and the methods of treatment that have been tried out and found satisfactory in the Allied armies during the four years of the war. It is based on personal observation by the author on the French, British and Italian fronts; hence it is up to date and represents the methods and procedures of today.
The first six chapters are devoted to a general description of the terrain of the French and British zone of advance, including description of first-aid station, transportation equipment, regimental-aid. station, field hospital,