This assemblage of basic reviews in the health sciences is loosely organized around a central concept of wound healing. According to the editor, the book is intended as a general text for health sciences students and a review for practicing physicians. Eighteen sections cover topics ranging from hemostasis and immunology to nutrition. Each section is followed by a summary, glossary of terms, and a list of selected references. The 21 section authors are, with two exceptions, faculty members of the University of Alabama School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Although the title of the text implies a central concept of wound healing, the relationship of each discussion to wound healing usually appears to be an afterthought. As with most multiauthored texts, the style of each chapter varies considerably. The glossaries following each chapter are helpful but in some sections oversimplified. The references following each section are mostly general review material and