This book clearly demonstrates how well the surgeon has cooperated with the pediatrician in explaining and treating the numerous abdominal conditions encountered in children. The authors state in their preface, "Our aim is to set forth personal observations and practices so that they will be available to the obstetrician, pediatrician, general practitioner and general surgeon who must diagnose and treat abdominal conditions in infancy and childhood." Because they have had a large experience in the field of pediatric surgery, the authors are well qualified to speak as authoritatively as they do on this subject.
A knowledge of embryology is essential to an understanding of many of the strange conditions which may cause abdominal trouble at any age in childhood. In discussions of the many subjects in this book in which such knowledge is important the embryonic factors have been clearly set forth and comment made on their relation to the