For better or worse we are in an era in which a major portion of postgraduate medical education is carried on by the drug houses. The pabulum offered by them to American physicians runs the gamut of the often confused and clumsy efforts of the detail men through advertising publications containing all kinds of pseudoscientific and scientific educational bits, plus sales appeal, to movies, to reports of conferences of experts on various medical subjects brought together by the biologic firms, and finally to first-rate medical textbooks prepared by physicians and teachers of solid scientific accomplishment. This third volume prepared under the auspices of the Ciba company belongs in the latter category.
Like the preceding volumes of medical illustrations of the nervous system and reproductive system, this book on the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas is a superb piece of workmanship. Every page contains striking colored drawings by Frank Netter, filling