These fifteen accounts of outstanding surgery cases in Germany have been written with the intent to convey the great and almost magical skill good doctors have. For readers who view surgery with awe they accomplish this; for those with any interest at all in medicine they will make absorbing reading. The cases range in variety from birth to a brain operation and each highlights a particularly difficult problem a surgeon has had to overcome. The case that climaxed in a neural surgeon's removal of a tumor from the brain of a young woman began as one of false pregnancy. The girl was sick at her stomach but when the seizures kept repeating themselves at regular six weeks intervals another analysis lead to the probability that a tumor was causing the trouble. The details, sensibly and unemotionally described, follow. Another time a young mother-to-be and her baby are saved by the quick decisions of the attendant obstetrician in dealing with a placenta appearing too soon. Seriously written, these will appeal to both general and particular interests.