This book, in essence, is a history of gastric surgery. The author presents selected articles from the literature to trace the development of surgery of the stomach beginning with experimental partial gastrectomy in the animal by Merrem in 1810 and concluding with the description of the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome in 1955. The sequence of articles is excellent, and the choice of historical authors is most appropriate. The dominance of German and other European surgeons is clear in the first half of the volume. The English translations are excellent. Occasionally, an article is too lengthy, but most are brief. Many of the articles are understandably concerned with techniques. The overall effect is of a cohesive presentation that reads exceedingly well. The general surgeon in practice will find the volume interesting, informative, and entertaining.