The second edition of this classic textbook has several minor differences from the first edition that in no way detract from its value. Johnston has assumed a greater role in authorship, as reflected by his inclusion on the cover. There is greater emphasis on the authors' experience and less on extensive referencing. Both editors are the recognized deans of pediatric urology. They have achieved this recognition by virtue of a vast experience accorded them by the system of practice developed under the National Health Service in Great Britain.
The text is divided into 48 chapters. Thirty-four of the chapters are either authored or coauthored by one of the editors. The remainder are written largely by co-workers of the editors at either the Hospital for Sick Children, London, or the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Despite multiple authorship, there is almost no repetition, and the book flows beautifully.