The admirable purpose for which these books are designed will win the appreciation of every surgeon. The big problem is whether any book can keep pace with the actual advances as they occur. The editorial board has succeeded in selecting as contributors a group of men who are busily engaged in advancing the frontiers of surgical science.
The seven main subjects include shock, stricture of the biliary ducts, regeneration of nerves, antibiotics, immersion foot syndrome, vessel anastomosis and tumors of the bone. Especially interesting in the thorough discussion of a modern concept of surgical shock is the knowledge gained from experiments using radioactive isotopes. Strictures of the common bile duct are apparently a responsibility of the surgeon: prophylaxis is the watchword. The color plates of anatomic variations in the vicinity of the parta hepatis are excellent. Regeneration of nerve tissue is depicted in a series of microphotographs which explain the