Hamilton Bailey died in Malaga in 1961. The first edition of his Emergency Surgery was published in 1930. Bailey "pictured a patient stricken with an acute surgical emergency and the comparatively isolated surgeon called upon to carry out appropriate treatment." The general practitioner surgeon, missionary, and junior registrar or resident, hard-pressed and alone in the Emergency at night or shaky on the eve of examination were the men on Bailey's mind through the seven editions he sent to the publishers.
The eighth edition is edited by T. J. McNair, of Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary and once of the University of Illinois. Many of Bailey's later contributors have written or revised their chapters for Mr. McNair (in this review, Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons will be referred to as they speak of themselves and each other).
No editor, no matter how indulgent, can be expected to put up with a