This book presents in a compact and permanent form a carefully chosen selection of abstracts culled from the Medical Literature Abstracts section that appears in each edition of The Journal. It thus provides a convenient synopsis of recent developments in the field of medicine. The selection and arrangement is a practical one for the physician since, with the exception of a small section on physiology, the abstracts are restricted to either diagnosis or treatment and are grouped according to medical or surgical specialties. Unfortunately, the index has been similarly arranged. An alphabetically arranged general index would greatly facilitate coverage of topics that may be common to several specialty fields.