This is the third volume of a series of six manuals prepared under the auspices of the Committee on Surgery of the National Research Council as concise presentations of fundamental knowledge in the various fields of surgical specialization in relation to military surgery. They were originated, planned and largely written before Pearl Harbor, being thus a monument to the foresight of the surgical profession but perhaps suffering slightly from their prewar origins. The set of war manuals was designed to crystallize in short, practical form present day knowledge of the basic principles of surgery in all fields of specialization, applied to the problems of trauma produced by enemy action. The volume under review is well done and will probably suffer little from new observations based on experience on the firing lines of today.
Part I, on abdominal injuries, comprises eleven chapters with many pertinent and well executed drawings by Miss