This is the 11th edition of Hamilton Bailey's classic textbook on emergency surgery, and, as proudly proclaimed on the title page, the sales of this book have totaled 68 000 since the initial publication in 1930. Obviously, such longevity and commercial success indicate that the product has been in high demand, and that should be the case in this current edition. Emergency medicine has developed broad appeal to students and house officers because of its scope and the gratification of early success in resuscitation and immediate definitive care. This work is an important addition to emergency departments as a quick reference for those not fully trained in surgery.
The authors of this text largely emanate from the United Kingdom, although single contributors were recruited from Iraq, Natal, and Hong Kong and one former member of the group is now residing in Connecticut. There is a definite British flavor to the