It is hard for the general physician to view with anything short of despair the increasing number of monographs on special topics, although at the same time he must recognize their value. In the present instance the subject is large enough so that even the 350 odd closely printed pages do hardly more than give a synopsis of the material. The procedures of thoroplasty, for example, are dealt with in ten pages, pulmonary abscess in fifteen and subphrenic abscess in eight. "Something about everything" is, however, to be found, from injuries of the wall of the chest to respiratory physiology to disorders of the esophagus and diaphragmatic hernia. There are many excellent illustrations, references after each chapter and an index. The opinions expressed seem sound, and the book should be useful to both internists and surgeons.