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It is a tribute to the author of this book that he has single-handedly compiled an interesting and authoritative text on such a broad subject. He obviously has had a vast clinical surgical experience. The book covers all the acute abdominal diseases that fall into the province of the surgeon in all age groups. It is a readable book and is studded with interesting historical notes plus explanations of surgical eponyms. The clinical information is detailed and a considerable amount of surgical technique is included. The illustrations are line drawings for the most part and, while not profuse, are adequate. A short bibliography is appended to each chapter. In addition to the usual index, the table of contents is in itself a miniature index.
While the book reflects the author's personal opinions, which for the most part are sound, he does present alternative points of view on controversial methods of
THOMAS W. BOTSFORD. Emergency Abdominal Surgery. Arch Surg. 1974;109(6):845. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360060111037