In teaching about biliary tract disease we emphasize the importance of both a surgical and medical opinion; an eminent surgeon and excellent physician have combined editorial talents to produce a multiauthored textbook on the biliary tract. Although multiple authorship often leads a book into many rough areas of contradictions, exclusions, and occasionally major overlap, this has been to a large degree avoided. Mr. Rodney Maingot contributes nine of the 19 chapters and these deal principally with the surgical handling of the specific problems; many excellent drawings illustrate his portions. Chapters on jaundice, cholecystitis, gallstones, radiology, choledocholithiasis, postcholecystectomy symptoms, injuries of the biliary tract, and oriental cholangiohepatitis make up the bulk of the remainder of the text. Short chapters on anesthesia and preoperative and postoperative treatment are included.
Although the book is clearly intended for surgeons or surgically oriented doctors, it is particularly complete in its consideration of complications, unexpected findings,