A busy surgeon has an impossible task in trying to read all the journals and staying current with advances in his field. The problem is compounded by the sheer mass of articles that compete for his time. Few articles, even those in journals referred to often, are important to his practice or are of fundamental interest. There is a significant need, therefore, for critical annual reviews or abstracts that provide the clinical and academic surgeon with a source of easy reference and guidance. It also helps to have a critical expert separate the wheat from the professional chaff.
Surgery Annual 1983 presents 18 pithy reviews of topics ranging from the role of religious guidance for the surgical patient to the use of operative ultrasonography. The chapters are from 12 to 31 pages long, including extensive bibliographies, which are obviously important in such review articles. There is anticipated uneven worth in