It is apparently the desire of the author to present a concise discussion of those diseases of the anus and rectum which are amenable to office treatment. Of necessity, discussion of major diseases of this region had to be omitted. Nevertheless wherever it is necessary, as in the discussion of a differential diagnosis, adequate reference to these conditions is made. Likewise, any discussion of pathologic aspects other than those referring to clinical findings was beyond the scope of this synopsis and consequently was not included.
In limiting the major part of the discussion to the commoner diseases of the anus and rectum, the author has been able to present his subject in considerably more detail than would have been otherwise possible in a synopsis. The symptomatology, as well as the gross pathologic changes encountered in various diseases, is clearly and adequately discussed. The pitfalls and difficulties encountered in treating these