Edited by C. Allan Birch, MD, FRCP. Price, $12.50. Pp 852, with 136 illustrations (11 in color) and 17 appendices. E. & S. Livingstone, Ltd., 15-17 Teviot Pl, Edinburgh 1 (the Williams & Wilkins Co., 48 E Preston St, Baltimore, exclusive US agents), 1967.
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This is the eighth edition of this book; the first appeared in 1948. It has obviously been written for the British physician who treats emergencies on land, sea, and air (and even under the sea). It has large sections of statistics useful only to a physician practicing in England: telephone numbers of poison stations, locations of artificial kidneys, local laws on how to bequeath a body (or parts thereof) or to deal with an alleged rape, etc. These matters are undeniably important, and it is nice to have this information handy, but much of the contents would not be exciting to a physician practicing in Elmira or Tucson.
It also "suffers" from brevity (which it must, if it is to be comprehensive—and it is: see page 588, which deals with "Camel Bites"). Nevertheless, the book has many assets, and I am pleased to own a copy. As we have come
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