Why a book on the surgery of old people? Of course there are ever increasing numbers of old people with their burgeoning medical, psychological, and sociological problems, but a book predicated on that statistical fact alone could be strictly gimicky. Pediatric surgery is more than just surgery of little people; so a book on the aged should focus on things more or less unique to that population which now constitutes 10% of the total. Doctor Greenfield and his associates have managed to put together a book that in part at least justifies the decision to publish such a volume.
The body of knowledge in this book does add to our understanding of the unique problems of the aging body. Particularly commendable are the chapters on the physiology of aging, by Dr A. Kurt Weiss, and on wound healing and the inflammatory response in the aging, by Dr John A. Schilling.