A formidable list of books devoted to gastrointestinal surgery has been published recently. This first review of the subject includes only those volumes whose first edition has appeared within the last four years. While many new editions of texts and atlases have been published, testifying to the popularity of the original work, we limit this survey to new contributions. Books in which the primary emphasis is on the medical aspects of gastroenterology will not be listed.
The book edited by A. W. Allen and D. W. Barrow (Abdominal Surgery, Hoeber, 1961, $21.50) is devoted entirely to abdominal surgery. It is a collaborative text produced for 41 authors who emphasize practical clinical aspects of the various diseases. Attention is focused on the details of surgical techniques with step-by-step illustrations.A text that discusses many of the problems of abdominal surgery has been published by R. L. Rothenberg (Reoperative Surgery