Abdominal surgery has made spectacular progress in the past fifty years. Its contributions to clinical medicine and pathology are well known. The physiology and pathologic variations of the intestinal tract have in recent years become of increasing importance to the surgeon. Even the application of roentgen rays to the diagnosis and evaluation of intra-abdominal conditions is almost entirely limited to the past quarter century. These factors must be heeded when books such as this are considered. The assessment, recapitulation and condensation of surgical endeavor now constitute an important and vital task.
The author begins with some cogent remarks on the proper choice of incisions. A few of the more useful incisions are described together with several methods of closure. The subject of drainage and care of wounds is considered. Maingot's attitude is conservative, although he advocates removal of drains sooner than some surgeons feel desirable. The first volume is then