As the name implies, this is as much an encyclopedia as it is an annual review of medicine and surgery. Under the various headings, alphabetically arranged, are found not only the more recent knowledge and abstracts of work done in the past two or three years, but an epitome of old and well-established facts. Thus, under the drugs, as bromid of ethyl, chloral, digitalin, the action of the drug, its preparations, the untoward effects, its therapeutic uses, old and new, are described. As a work of reference the book is, therefore, valuable according to the merits of the articles furnished by the several contributors, and the supervision of the editors.
In general the work has been carefully done. Worthy of special mention are some of the more important, and at the same time lengthy articles, as those on "Cholera," by Rubino of Naples; "Cholelithiasis," by Graham of Toronto; "Diphtheria," by