Monographs on obstetrical operative technique are few in number. For many years the most thorough one was Martius' Die Geburtshilflichen Operationen, whose first edition appeared in 1933 and eighth edition in 1957, the same year as the first edition of Douglas-Stromme. Martius' book, however, is under-illustrated, whereas an outstanding feature of the present volume is the profusion and excellence of its illustrations.
It is in fact the very high quality of the text which distinguishes both editions of Douglas-Stromme. The authors allow their illustrations to speak for themselves, and give expression to the best in American obstetrical thought in discussing the application of techniques. In some senses theirs is a conservative approach. In the second edition the Ventouse is granted two pages as against eight for the Tarnier forceps, but the authors make the point that the Ventouse has thriven in Europe where much less oxytocin stimulation of labor is