by Farrokh Saidi, MD, $45, 396 pp, 373 illus, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1976.
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Dr Saidi has put together an up-to-date, complete work on hydatid disease that includes a very thorough coverage of the parasitology, epidemiology, and diagnosis of this infestation in addition to a detailed description of the surgical therapy of the disease in various organs. Since 1928, when Dr Harold Dew of Australia published his book Hydatid Disease: Its Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment, a large amount of information has accumulated in the medical literature pertaining to the epidemiology, diagnosis, and therapy of this infestation. This information has primarily originated from areas known to be endemic for Echinococcus granulosus. These publications have been, however, in the form of reports, and Dr Saidi's book is an important contribution in terms of gathering and updating the information about this disease in the form of a single reference book.
The chapters dealing with the parasite, diagnosis of the disease, and the principles of treatment are indeed
GEHA AS. Surgery of Hydatid Disease. Arch Surg. 1978;113(4):532. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370160190033