The surgical complications of amoebiasis are briefly reviewed and references made to some of the commoner difficulties encountered. A warning is sounded against the tendency to pay insufficient heed to the variegated pathogenicity of E. histolytica and a plea is made for greater interest in it by the surgeon. Most of the standard textbooks on surgery and surgical pathology dispose of the subject of amoebiasis by dealing with the hepatic complications, little or no reference being made to the lesions occurring in other organs of the body. An extremely unusual case of amoebiasis in a Bantu male, showing lymphatic spread and simulating Crohn's disease, is reported as an illustration of the pitfalls that confront and confound the clinician.
A case of atypical coloboma of the iris is descriptionbed associated with other congenital anomalies. There is no family history of similar occurrences. The opposite eye had a congenital cataract, which had been needled without any functional improvement.
The lumbar sympathetic chains have been dissected in 32 cadavers. The following anatomical features of the ganglia are descriptionbed in detail: I. Configuration and shape. 2. Relationship to vertebral bodies. 3. Relationship to contiguous structures. It is considered that by means of these features the individual ganglia can be more accurately identified than has hitherto been possible.