In the first sentence of the preface, the editors clearly state that the purpose of General Surgery is "to provide a contemporary reference that focuses on the clinically important issues commonly treated by the practicing general surgeon." Without a doubt this has been accomplished. This is not and was not intended to be another textbook of general surgery for medical students. This is a textbook for practicing general surgeons in the old-fashioned sense.
A book on general surgery for established surgeons as comprehensive and as up-to-date as is this one, to my knowledge, has not in recent years been published. Whether one wishes to perform a pneumonectomy or a gastrectomy, the diagnostic workup, current preoperative preparation, surgical technique, and postoperative treatment are thoroughly explained and illustrated. The technical illustrations can only be described as spectacular. That Drs Ritchie, Steele, and Dean and their collaborators were able to include so much