This volume is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical conditions of the large bowel and contains chapters on anatomy and physiology, and embryology of this region. As is to be expected, the greatest portion of the book is devoted to surgery, including operative procedure and choice of the anesthetic. The material presented is obtained from a study of the records of the Mayo Clinic plus a rather comprehensive review of the literature. At the end of each chapter is an excellent bibliography of the subject considered. Statistical data, obtained both from the authors' records and from the literature, are presented with considerable thoroughness.
Of especial interest to the reviewer are the sections on chronic ulcerative colitis and parasitic diseases of the large bowel. In the instance of the former, one is impressed with the idea that the writer feels he is presenting a subject that is