The editors of this book are well known in their fields. The book, part of a series which so far consists of 15 handbooks providing for ready reference medical information of practical usefulness, contains 18 chapters, each written by someone familiar with the field he is reporting. The book is written primarily for the practicing clinician, with emphasis on the practical aspects of the problem, particularly treatment. Thus the reader may find information on the physiology of pain, the meaning and measurement of pain, cardiac pain, pain in peripheral vascular disease, pain in respiratory disease, pain in diseases of the nervous system, headache and other medical problems. This is a useful collection of medical information and will be particularly welcomed by general practitioners and students.