This is the ideal of scientific monographs. The original essay has undergone considerable alterations since it was first presented by the author, and as each alteration has been the result of much experience and observation, in its present form the work forms a most valuable contribution to surgical literature. The illustrations which are models of accuracy and beauty, deserve all the more praise from the fact that they were nearly all drawn by Mr. Cripps, while some of them were lithographed by him as well. The illustrations are very numerous, and pertain to the normal and morbid anatomy, and histology of the parts.
The subject matter, which is clear and concise, is divided into the following topics:
Anatomy of the rectum and the function of its mucous membrane.
Cancer of the rectum—Etiology.
Cancer of the rectum—Pathology.
Cancer of the rectum—Symptoms.
Cancer of the rectum—Differential diagnosis.
Cancer of the rectum—Treatment by excision