Residents and practicing surgeons will undoubtedly find this a good quick reference to available techniques and their applications, provided they can deal with a work in German. The editors Heberer and Hegemann have gathered 137 authors, all German with the exception of four worthies from Houston, to write 109 separate articles on indications for operation in diseases covering general surgery and the commoner surgical specialties. An initial seven of these articles deal with generally applicable treatment, such as blood transfusion and "intensive care."
Each contribution is an independent little monograph three to ten double-spaced pages in length, with a preliminary portion considering salient points in diagnosis, clinical subdivisions of the disease, sometimes with related life expectancies, and describing operations available for the various categories, often emphasizing morbidity and mortality of each procedure. Each ends with several references, either to techniques or to results.
This book resembles a textbook of surgery,