Presenting the entire subject of hernia in a lucid, scholarly, and authoritative manner, this monograph is probably the most complete of its kind that has ever been published. The historical aspects of surgical treatment are well presented and the reference lists are excellent. It is heartening indeed to see long-overdue credit given to the late Henry O. Marcy of Boston, the true "Father" of the modern concept of the surgical treatment of hernia.
The format is orderly and appealing. Groin hernias, including a chapter on strangulation, are first presented, while the following chapters consider every conceivable type of hernia. Controversial aspects of treatment are discussed fairly, and the use of prosthetic meshes is well presented. Particularly noteworthy is an appendix which lists the classic monographs on hernia and provides succinct biographic sketches of the authors.
In general the illustrations are satisfactory but vary in excellence, since obviously they are not