This is the second of the booklets published by The Practitioner, which are under the general editorship of Sir Humphry Rolleston and Alan Moncrieff. It is composed of five short articles dealing with surgical subjects and is written to bring out the application of the accepted principles of diagnosis and treatment to special war injuries.
The first section deals with head injuries and is contributed by D. W. C. Northfield. It comprises an excellent summary of present day conceptions. The discussion of the treatment of open head injuries is informative and practical.
The second section, by Douglas McAlpine, concerns the diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the spinal cord, with a valuable paragraph on first aid treatment. V. Zachary Cope has written the third section, which describes methods for the diagnosis and the treatment of abdominal injuries and wounds. Dr. Cope has condensed a large amount of important information into