I happened to leaf through the new 25th edition of a book called 'Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery' a few days ago in a bookshop. I was amazed to see the name of a Pakistani surgeon as the contributor to a newly added chapter in the book. I was so excited that I ended up buying the book even though I did not really need it. As all final year medical students and doctors in this part of the world know, this book is the Bible of general surgery. It is published in the UK and includes invited contributions by authors who are experts in their own fields at the international level. To see a whole chapter on 'Disaster Surgery' contributed by Dr. Mamoon Rashid, Head of Department of Plastic Surgery, Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, who is also Associate Professor of Surgery at Army Medical College, was exhilarating. I would like to emphasize here that there has never been a contributing author from Pakistan in the history of this book, the first edition of which was published in 1932. With this background in view, I think it is an unprecedented honour for the Army Medical College, and the Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi to have their names in this renowned textbook. I am surprised that this achievement has not been publicized which is the purpose of this letter. Dr. Mamoon must be recognized and appreciated for this unique honour that he has brought to his country. -DR DARAKHSHANDA KHURRAM, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, June 30.