This volume is the outcome of close collaboration between a German surgeon and a German physician in a military hospital in Poland during the period of 1941 to 1945. In the preface the authors state that while there are numerous and valuable texts on internal medicine and on surgery there is lack of a book whose goal is the presentation of those diseases which incidentally require joint consultation and management on the part of both internists and surgeons. Therefore, the volume is concerned essentially with the problems: In what manner, how long and with what prospect for success is conservative treatment indicated, and what factors indicate a necessity for surgical intervention? Because this implies a rather large order, the authors state that discussions concerning pathogenesis, symptomatology, diagnosis and therapy are presented only to the extent that they are essential to the reader's adequate comprehension.
Much material, some of it presented