The diagnosis of tumors of the abdomen has always been a matter of difficulty. The good results following operation on many such tumors, even malignant ones, make it incumbent on the physician to make as early and as accurate a diagnosis as possible. To one aiming to do this and conscious of the difficulties, Schmidt's book will be of peculiar help.
One good thing about this work is that the author sticks to his text. He talks of malignant growths and not of the non-malignant; there is little of etiology, pathology or treatment, except as it has a direct bearing on the question of diagnosis; there is no needless argument about things theoretical; there is almost nothing of the polemic. There are occasional lapses into unnecessary repetition, but conciseness is the rule.
The book is essentially clinical and based largely on the author's own experience. There is little of quotation