In addition to containing a digest of hundreds of contributions on surgical infections, this book is richly augmented by twenty years' experience of the author, who has been the foremost pioneer in surgical bacteriology in this country. One of the greatest attributes of the book is the excellent manner of presenting historical and fundamental data in a chronologic and practical way. The history of hospital gangrene from the Civil War days up to its conquest by a combination of chemotherapy and surgery is an example of masterful presentation which will give the young surgeon a thorough knowledge and background of these subjects.
The sources of operative wound contamination with proper emphasis on the throat and nose of operating room personnel are effectively presented. It is significant that after years of experience in surgical asepsis the author feels that preparation of the skin for operation, by soap, water, alcohol and ether,