Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 21, 1898.
To the Editor:
—I notice in the Journal of January 15 what I consider a very unfair criticism of the excellent work on surgical diagnosis and treatment by J. W. MacDonald, M.D.1. The reviewer states that "the book might be compressed into two-thirds its size" and that "the author has lost the art of condensation." In the face of the fact that the author is a speaker and a writer of rare ability both on medical and other subjects, the statement raises a question in the mind of the reader as to whether the assertion is not biased by selfish motives.2. That "it is foggy in regard to tumors." If there is any fog about tumors it must exist in the mind of the reviewer, as many able authors entertain the same views as set forth in this work.3. That "gas and