The mentally defective baby has not fared well at the hands of the physician. It is no easy task to determine the mental status of a baby. When we do satisfy ourselves that he does not measure up to the normal, we are perplexed as to the kind of advice to give the mother and how to present it.
John Thompson, F.R.C.P. (Edinburgh), the distinguished Scottish pediatrician, who has contributed so liberally and effectively to the literature of pediatrics, has prepared a pamphlet which every pediatrician should read. It is entitled "Opening Doors" and is addressed to "Mothers of babies who are long in learning to behave like other children of their age." It is a unique contribution, coming out of his many years of experience. It tells the mother how the normal baby should develop, how to determine "when the baby's brain is not growing as fast as usual,"