This newest edition of the Davis-Christopher Textbook of Surgery, edited for the first time by David Sabiston, contains a number of good and bad features. The good features include encyclopedic coverage in 57 chapters (some of which contain subchapters totalling almost 100) and a most useful list of selected references at the end of each chapter. Most of the references are annotated so that the student may have a better idea of what additional information lies waiting at the library. A larger list of references in standard format follows the selected references. The first 21 chapters treat general topics such as wound-healing, anesthesia, infections, transplantations, trauma, renal failure and metabolism. Included in this section is a chapter on computer applications in surgery.
The remaining 36 chapters cover the organ systems in rather standard fashion. Sabiston is the author of a number of chapters and subchapters covering the peripheral vascular and