In order to keep up with recent advances in medicine one must read widely to prevent being engulfed by the tide of new information which sweeps on us for all parts. The signs of defeat are well known: the pile of journals lying on the desk, still in their wrappers, which later slip into the wastebasket unread; the increasing amount of new information which a senior learns to his discomfiture while teaching medical students —one of whom is certain to live in the library. Then at the end, there is a final outburst of outspoken suspicion of anything new, before retirement to the study of golf and the history of medicine.
In any attempt to keep up to date it is useful to have the results of someone else's labors for easy reference. This makes the ninth edition of Whitby and Britton especially useful. The authors have been assiduous in