A single volume on this troublesome disease, many points in the treatment of which are still unsettled, brings to the reader easy reference for study or guidance in care of the individual patient. The title is meant to cover only the acute forms of the disease and its sequelae; tuberculosis, syphilis and rarer mycotic infections, excepting smallpox, are omitted. The value of the book lies in the fact that it is a single volume. Although many of the chapters have been published before as original articles, all are now gathered within one cover.
The chapter on the historical development of collected knowledge on osteomyelitis, on the skull and on the vertebrae is quite extensive. The number of illustrations is scant, but the references at the end of each chapter are valuable. It is to be regretted that a standard of reference lists with titles of articles, authors' names and initials