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Thirty-one years have gone by since Bickham published his six-volume compendium on surgery, including general operations and the specialties. A revision has long been needed, and many years ago the publishers asked Dr. Callander to take on this task, which was started but not completed at the time of his death. Now Dr. Shackelford has wisely taken over only the gastrointestinal section and has rewritten it with completeness and great merit.
Of particular value is the fact that the three new volumes are not just descriptions of operations, as was the original Bickham, but that there is added some evaluation of the various procedures from the experience of Dr. Shackelford and reports from the literature, so that the reader is offered opinions aiding in making a decision on what to do. Thus for more reasons than operative technique will one want these books on hand. For each disease the surgical