The following quotation from the author's introduction correctly describes this work: "This volume... has been published not because it is believed to contain any new revelations for the master thyroid surgeon but because it contains factual knowledge on thyroid diseases which should be made known to the general surgeon interested in thyroid surgery. This book, therefore, is the literary product of a general surgeon who is interested in, manages, and operates upon patients with surgical disorders of the thyroid gland. It is an accumulation of knowledge gained by an average general surgeon, with an average surgical practice, in an average American community." This scholarly little book gives the chronological résumé of the history of thyroid and parathyroid diseases from 1600 to 1954. The bibliography is extensive and carefully selected. The emphasis on the pituitary thyrotrophic hormone is justifiable but the use of the abbreviation "anteritary" for anterior pituitary is not.