This book, as stated in its preface, was designed to introduce to the senior students of Glasgow some of the surgical problems encountered in infancy and childhood and to refresh the memories of the authors' colleagues in general practice. It was not written for the pediatric surgeon as a reference book. It is based mainly on the authors' personal experiences in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Scotland, and thus it is in many ways unbalanced in its selection and discussion of surgical problems, with emphasis largely on those disorders seen by the authors with almost no reference to the work of others.
The book covers by brief presentations virtually the entire gamut of pediatric surgical disorders, and, by its survey nature, it necessarily becomes deficient in surgical details. This limitation and its lack of references sharply curtail the usefulness of this volume and make it inadequate as an