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To dispel the possible impression that the reviewer has been too critical when reading this book, he will say at the outset that Professor Patten is to be congratulated highly for his excellent achievement. He has fulfilled admirably his endeavor to narrate in simple and readable form the phases of human embryology which are of special interest to medical students and physicians. The reader is impressed with the style of the text and the freshness of its approach. The developmental processes are presented as a story of dynamic events, and emphasis is placed on the functional significance as they unfold in sequence. The topics are well organized and clearly set forth. He has been skilful and especially successful in the way in which he has correlated human embryologic and adult structures and has portrayed the basis for the explanation of developmental anomalies. Special thought has been given to expounding those