Recent Literature A Manual of Physiology, with Practical Exercises . By G. N. Stewart, M.D., Professor of Physiology in the Western Reserve University. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders

1897 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Bursae and Fascia;. It is also unusual in recent years to include in works of this character articles relating to such special branches of medicine as the eye, ear and skin. The articles are well written and illustrated, but are with few exceptions too condensed for readers other thau medical students, or those wishing only a summary of the lesion or disease under consideration. To one in the position of the former it is, of course, desirable to present a subject in as clear a manner as
more » ... a manner as possible and stripped of all doubtful and conflicting opinions. The classification of subjects is excellent. The most advanced ideas and methods appear, but full detailed descriptions are usually not given. This is necessarily so in many cases. The colored plates often show a brilliancy and variety of hues rarely seen in the natural specimens. The value of the book would have been, perhapa, increased by the introduction of marginal references to the literature of the subjects under consideration, especially when important or recently acquired facts relating to pathology, operative work, bacteriology, diagnosis or treatment are given in a few lines. The book is one which will undoubtedly have an extended sale. In this little volume the author presents the result of his work during the past five years. It is pleasingly written, and attractive from the chromolithographs and the heliotypes and half-tones which are of value in illustrating unique or interesting cases. A fair presentation to the profession of one's work in medicine or surgery, with the deductions therefrom, cannot help being of value. The author records in a tabular form 1,387 operations, with a mortality of 3.96 per cent. He includes in this table of operations a number of cases that would better have been omitted ; for example, the application of an angular splint (Levis) to a fracture of the arm should not be classed as an operation involving life, and the note that " no suppuration occurred " seems hardly necessary. Again, the classing of a fracture of the metacarpal of the little finger as, "Reduction, Levis splintoperation, 1; cured, 1 ; no suppuration, 1 " throws light upon his percentage (3.96) of mortality. We congratulate Dr. Packard on his five years' work in surgery, and are indebted to him for his carefully prepared brochure.
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