This large, handsome book with a kelly green cover makes an excellent first impression. Dr Blacklow, the editor of the sixth edition, was coeditor with the late Cyril Mitchell Mac-Bryde of the fifth edition (1970). Dr Blacklow's name was not listed among the credits in the fourth edition (1960). There are 50 contributors to this textbook, roughly 20 of whom contributed to the previous (fifth) edition and a few to the fourth edition.
The table of contents lists 40 sections, with headings such as "Growth and Sex Development"; "Sore Tongue and Sore Mouth"; "Problems of Communication: Speech and Hearing, Ear Pain"; "Constipation and Diarrhea"; and "Hematemesis and Melena."
Some of these sections are excellent. I was especially impressed with those dealing with jaundice, constipation and diarrhea, fever, and pathologic bleeding. Most of the remaining sections are adequate. Unfortunately, several of the sections should not be published in a textbook of