Recent Literature Colotomy; Inguinal, Lumbar and Transverse, for Cancer or Stricture, with Ulceration of the Large Intestine . By Herbert W. Allingham, F.R.C.S., Surgeon to the Great Northern Hospital; Assistant Surgeon to St. Mark's Hospital for Diseases of the Rectum; Surgical Registrar to St. George's Hospital. London: Baillière, Tindall & Cox. 1892
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal
Mr. Allingham's name has become identified with the operation of colotomy, and this monograph of one hundred and ninety-nine pages is an exposition of his ideas resulting from his personal experience. He has not gone into the history of the operation, nor does he refer at great length to the work of other authors, but desires to state the advantages and the disadvantages of the different forms of colotomy ; namely, 'left lumbar, right lumbar, left inguinal, right inguinal and transverse. Ho
... transverse. Ho believes that the operation of colotomy should be performed " us 'soon as it is found that the patient is beginning to suffer from incessant diarrhoea, from profuse bleeding, or from great pain which cannot bo remedied by medicine." The book is illustrated by a number of cuts, and by the detailed accounts of a number of cases. It is an excellent exposition of the subject, and can be read with benefit by surgeons. An index to the book would be of value. Tho printing and binding of the work is excellent. The M\l=u"\tter Lectures on Surgical Pathology. Delivered before the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1890-91.