This is the second edition of a well—known English text by Professor Irvine. Throughout, the book's primary emphasis is placed on the importance of scientific laboratory techniques, which are of prime significance in the clinical practice of surgery. Some 30 authors contributed to this edition, and most of the major areas in general surgery and urology are included.
One of the important features of the text is the conciseness of each chapter. Since the entire book has less than 700 pages, the number of illustrations has been kept to a minimum. Many of the newer areas in surgery, especially those in which the foundation is firmly based in basic science, are commendably reviewed. These topics include hemostasis and its disorders, wound healing, hyperbaric oxygenation, function of the thymus in immunity, immunological reactions of the host against primary tumors, and biochemistry of cancer cells. The authors are each well recognized