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This large textbook is, I suspect, a “labour of love” by its “father” (a single author), consisting as it does of 1619 pages including 649 figures and a 16 page list of abbreviations. I must share my awe as to its complex and long gestation, having been produced by just one “parent” (author). I cannot easily recall any contemporary tome covering such a range of topics which has not been …
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