uniformly excellent; those in color are among the best we have seen in recent times. The text is to the point and we11 written. Those interested in this subject wiII tind a text that satisfies. These voIumes deserve wide distribution.
the everyday practice of medicine, whether he be genera1 practitioner, student, internist or surgical specialist. Address is speciaIIy made to those who are in want not of additiona facts but of a better organization of facts al. . . There is a growing tendready avaiIabIe ency for the average physician to be unable to organize for his use the existing knowledge of the day, and this book is an effort to organize for him surgical facts in a usable practical array.” The background for this book grew out of over ten years’ experience in the Stanford University Surgical Outpatient Clinics. In between the first chapter on Local Anesthesia and the final one on Fractures are fortyone chapters fuI1 of significant, up-to-the-minute information. One can read through this book and experience a menta1 satisfaction when the reading is finished. Mrs. Jean DunIap has done a workmanhke job in making the sketches, drawings and illustrations cIear and simpIe. Although the finished surgeon of Iong and wide experience may concIude he does not need this work, it is the reviewer’s opinion that the intern, the surgica1 resident and the general practitioner wiI1 do well to add this book to his Iibrary. He should read it from cover to cover, and from time to time reread many parts. He is sure to add to the sum total of his knowledge and thus become a better practitioner.
Fluid Balance Handbook for Practitioners. By WiIIiam D. SniveIy, Jr., M.D. and MichaeI J. Sweeney, M.D. 308 pages, inustrated, with references for additiona1 reading and an index. Springfield, III., 1956. CharIes C Thomas. Price $6.73.
AIthough much has been written on fluid balance, it is the genera1 impression that many physicians have onIy a hazy and at times an inaccurate conception of the subject. Therefore this monograph is timeIy and fiIIs a void. The authors say their goal in preparing this handbook has been to provide the practicing physician with an inviting, clear and usabIe text on clinical fluid baIance. The writers have accompIished their purpose. The book is divided into six parts: (I) (3) Foundation Facts; (2) CIinicaI Diagnosis; Therapy: Changes in Properties of Extracellular FIuid; (4) Therapy: Changes in Position of ExtraceIluIar Fluid; (5) Therapy: Changes in Nutritiona Status of Body; (6) Therapy: Routes of Administration; (7) Down to Cases. There is an Epilogue. It is true that the authors have “spoken the Ianguage of the clinician, not of the biochemist,” and that they have “viewed the subject from the standpoint of the needs of the practicing physician.” We are informed that the authors submitted the preliminary manuscript to a pane1 of forty practitioners, academic physicians and technically trained Iaymen for heIpfu1 criticism and suggestions. AI1 in a11 this monograph is an up-to-date “working manua1.”
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. EditoriaI Board: CharIes E. Lvght, 11I.D.,Editor, Wm. P. _Boger, M.D., Gee. A. Carden, M.D., August Gibson, KD. and Dickinson W. Richards. M.D. Ninth edition. 1.888 pages. Rahway, N. J., 1956. Merck & Co., Inc. Price $6.75 reguIar edition, $9.00 de Iuxe edition.
Authors and consultants for this edition incIude more than IOO Ieading cIinicians in the United States, Canada and abroad. With much of its contents revised, the new edition of The Merck ManuaI carries more iIIustrative materia1 than the previous edition. There are 378 principa1 chapters on the diagnosis and therapy of diseases. There are twenty main sections, each thumb-indexed, covering specific fieIds of practice. More than 1,600 prescriptions are incIuded, embodying the most up-to-date medicina1 advances. SpeciaI procedures described include Bedside, CIinicaI, Preoperative, Postoperative and OffIce Laboratory.
Surgery for General Practice. By Victor Richard, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, San Francisco, CaIif. 947 pages, 476 illustrations, with an index. St. Louis, 1956. C. V. Mosby Co. Price $17.50. Dr. Richards and his seven contributors have written an exceIlent book. The contributors are Drs. Francis J. Cox, Roy B. Cohn, Frederick Howard, RusseII R. KIein, CarIeton H. Mathewson, Robert McNaught and Charles McLennan, a11 speciaIists in their chosen surgical fieIds. We read: “This book will be of value and of real usefulness to the average physician caring for the majority of surgica1 probIems in I 046