Surgical Handbook for Hospital Assistants in the Tropics

By W. K. Connell. pp. 440 including index and 177 figures. John Bale Medical Publications, 85 Great Titchfield St., London, W. I. 1938

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Anyone who has lived in, or travelled through, the African wilderness, oftentimes hundreds of miles from a hospital of any sort, or at least several days trek from the nearest post with medical service, knows what the advantages of even semi-competent help is in emergencies. It would be of extreme utility if every expedition carried someone versed in the methods described in Connell's book. As described by the author most of his suggestions are very practical and could be easily learned by an individual of average intelligence, though putting them into practice without previous experience and training is another thing. However, this book is intended for hospital assistants who presumably are not graduates in medicine, and who, under existing conditions, must assume responsibilities for which they would not be qualified in more civilized surroundings.

The descriptions and discussions are very easy to understand, and theoretical considerations are reduced to the minimum for the purpose of clarity.