In the fall of 1951, the American College of Surgeons held its annual Surgical Forum. This appears to have consisted of a series of short presentations, usually by young men, on a wide range of subject matter pertaining to surgery and to surgical research. This volume presents the proceedings.
The book is interesting in several ways: It is well printed, well edited, and well illustrated, so that it is read easily; it includes 116 short papers, as well as abstracts of others that presumably were not read because of time; the list of authors is made up of 341 names, mostly those of surgeons on lower rungs of the academic ladder, but a few are those of physicists, chemists, physiologists, or pharmacologists, and a very rare one is that of an internist.
The subject matter is well classified so that one can easily get an idea of how surgeons are