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This book is a rather attractive and readable exposition on veins from the standpoint of physiology. It contains a comprehensive and detailed review of the historical development of the knowledge of veins and their physiology. According to the author's statement, this book is primarily intended for those engaging in researches on the vascular system and the circulation of the blood. From the standpoint of the general student of the subject the amount of space devoted to the review of the literature on venous physiology seems a little too extensive, and an adequate summary is lacking. The chapter at the end of the book on clinical aspects is disproportionately brief, dismissing many interesting and controversial points too quickly. There is little in the book concerning the pathology and pathogenesis of lesions of the veins. Thus, to the reader who is interested solely in the diseases of the veins and their treatment