The eighth edition of Cecil's text lives up to the high standard set by its predecessors. It contains the many revisions and additions of completely new material necessitated by the startling medical discoveries since the last edition in 1947. In the present text Dr. Robert F. Loeb acts as co-editor, and Dr. Alexander Gutman, Dr. Walsh McDermott, and Dr. Harold Wolff have been added as associate editors.
To the long list of distinguished contributors to past editions have been added names of new authors who speak with equal authority. The section on diseases of the adrenal glands by Dr. George W. Thorn is of particular interest because of the present intense investigation on corticotropin (ACTH) and cortisone. For the same reason, the section on "Diseases of Collagen," which has been expanded and regrouped, is of special significance. Such new subjects as vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency, beryllium poisoning,