Prof Weale has produced in this volume a concise and perhaps unique textbook. There are 10 chapters intelligently divided. These cover the subject from "The Basic Characteristics of Flowing Blood" (chap 1), through the various physical properties of moving fluids, to the clinical application such as "Post Stenotic Dilatation" (chap 10), and the reader would benefit from a final summary and correlation which is absent. The 79 illustrations are well chosen, profuse, and illuminate the text in a satisfactory manner. There is a clever genealogy of the historical contributors to the science of hemodynamics in the frontispiece and a most thorough bibliography at the end. The index appears adequate. As befits the introductory concept of the book, a glossary of terms precedes the actual text.
In his preface, the author makes a convincing analogy between the surgeon who wishes to know theory and, for example, the motorist who wishes to