"...This book, by authorities in the field, is up to date and well organized. A wide range of subjects, including surgical endocrinology and metabolism, is covered. Important subjects such as normal and abnormal convalescense, hematological findings, fluid and electrolyte management, and repair of tissues and wounds are presented in detail. An outstanding feature is the clear and concise way in which the physiological bases of various conditions are explained. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract are given special consideration providing ready answers for many problems. The book discusses all processes affecting surgical convalescence, including hydration, starvation, potassium deficiency, healing, adrenal failure, anemia, and shock. All types of feedings, including tube feedings, are discussed in detail. Case histories are used to illustrate principles of treatment and day-to-day problems...." (publisher).