Robert Turell's two-volume second edition covering diseases of the colon and anorectum has achieved a distinctive quality well above most texts with which I am familiar. He and his 92 contributing authorities have succeeded in covering every conceivable topic bearing on this portion of the gastrointestinal tract. In fact this might be considered one of the few flaws the reviewer finds with the volumes. The chapters dealing with endocrine factors and immunologic mechanisms could have been profitably condensed, and those covering pre- and postoperative care could have been more specific.
The minor shortcomings of the early chapters which prompt this modest criticism are well compensated for by the chapters which follow, particularly those added to cover new developments relating to anorectocolonic disease. Controversial topics such as adenomas of the colon and rectum, written by Dr. Turell, are encyclopedic in their presentation and present all sides.
The sections concerning rectal carcinoma