This is a fascinating volume—now, in its third edition, authored by surgeons primarily from Glasgow, but also from other parts of Scotland and England, with one contribution from Australia. It is a welcome addition to surgical libraries that have not seen a surgical physiology volume since Zimmerman's in 1957.
There is a particularly good chapter on wound healing with accompanying graphs and micrographs and an excellent one on radiation "injury," about which all surgeons worry.
Fluid and electrolyte balance and the metabolic response to injury are clearly and concisely presented with a section on parenteral nutrition. Included in these chapters are sections on the fundamentals of hydrogen ion regulation and on the disturbances of acid-base balance and dehydration.
The respiratory system and its functional measurements are well covered, although it is interesting that the acute respiratory distress syndrome is not described as such in this chapter. A section on assisted