The text is divided into three sections. Section 1 consists of a chronological history of hernia, dealing principally with the maltreatment of inguinal hernia through the ages. The barbaric practices of the early surgeons are appalling and the variations in herniorrhaphy technic up to the latter part of the nineteenth century are shown to be principally variations in the method of mutilation. The author quotes extensively from early documents and, while the context sometimes wanders from the subject of hernia, it is an excellent historical review and very interesting reading.
Section 2 not only deals with current methods of herniorrhaphy but thoroughly covers the entire scope of the hernial problem as it is understood today. Citations from the literature are multiple and will serve to make this section invaluable as a reference book. This section is divided into a number of parts. Part 1 is a discussion of incidence and