This book thoroughly covers all phases of acute intestinal obstruction. The author has concentrated particularly on its clinical aspects. Approximately a sixth of the book is given over to a discussion and evaluation of experimental methods used in the study of intestinal obstruction. References made to important contributions in other studies of the disease and an adequate bibliography are presented at the end of each chapter. The book is well illustrated by reproductions from the original articles, to which frequent reference is made. Most of the illustrated cases used by the author were taken from the records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. The book is readable, and the author's knowledge of the disease, as evidenced by numerous contributions to the literature on intestinal obstruction before the publication of the book, makes it of exceptional value.