Progress in Surgery is a European, and appropriately older counterpart of the more familiar publication, Advances in Surgery. Both are yearly collections of half a dozen monographs on subjects of surgical interest written by acknowledged authorities. The current, seventh volume will be of great interest and value to surgeons in every land.
A monograph on thyroid surgery by Heiman from Göteborg, Sweden, is comprehensive and noncontroversial. The history and use of stapling devices in surgery is reviewed in a contribution from Moscow by Guthy and Brundel. Of great interest are the figures for post-pneumonectomy bronchial fistulas in patients with tuberculosis (10.8% in patients with conventional bronchial closures and 7.8% in patients with staple closures of the bronchus). Both figures would be judged inordinately high in the United States.
The clinical use of dextran for thromboembolic disease is well discussed by Bygdeman of Stockholm. He presents convincing evidence to suggest