This book is an anatomic presentation of regional anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, designed for the student of surgery—pupil or master. The author attempts to present a mixture of classical anatomy flavored with a discussion of "those details upon which the more mature surgeon, consciously or unconsciously, bases his daily work; second, to provide for the more mature surgeon a refresher for those details which are, perhaps, slightly outside his own field of interest, and a source of ready reference to the details which, although lying in his own field, he cannot expect to keep constantly in mind." Each chapter has been organized so that it can be read as a whole or in part, depending on the surgeon's immediate requirements. Volume 1, on the head and neck, accomplished this purpose admirably; it was reviewed in The Journal (157:400 [Jan. 22] 1955).
Although the author achieves fairly