In spite of the fact that successive editions of books on operative procedures become larger and contain more illustrations, this one is not larger than the last and contains 13 less illustrations. This is because modern operative obstetrics has become simplified, and several surgical procedures have become obsolete. The changes in this edition are not many, presumably because operations in obstetrics have not changed much, nor have there been any significant surgical advances in obstetrics. This small book is full of excellent advice concerning the indications for, and the technique of, practically all obstetric operations. The vast experience of the author as a practicing obstetrician and as a teacher is evident throughout the book. The illustrations are clear, instructive, and numerous. For anyone who can read German, this book is highly recommended.