For considerable time, a complete ready reference book covering the surgery of childhood has been wanting. Now comes such a work by Fraser from the University of Edinburgh, including within its two handsome volumes all the subject matter akin to the child in his surgical relations.
Congenital malformations and orthopedic deformities, which formerly completed the subjects discussed in the rare volumes on surgery of childhood, are relegated to their rather minor position and the present day real surgical problems of the child are dealt with. Nearly every chapter has some mention of the embryologic development of the part under discussion—a most helpful necessity to a clear understanding of both the pathology and treatment.
Without making an attempt to outline the chapters of this work, the reviewer wishes to praise the excellent chapter on joints—its completeness is exceptional. Likewise the portion devoted to the discussion of the spine is