Recent advances in pulmonary surgery and improved methods of roentgenography have given a marked impetus to the study of chronic conditions of the lung of a nontuberculous nature. A monograph such as the present one on bronchiectasis during childhood may therefore be expected to receive a cordial reception in the pediatric world. Despite the sympathetic attitude, however, the present work is not entirely satisfactory, due to a rather poor arrangement of the text and an incomplete discussion of the author's own material. There is an impressive total of 114 cases in the present study, but it requires a reading of almost the entire monograph to glean the essential observations.
There is an excellent discussion of the pathologic changes in the acquired, as well as in the so-called congenital bronchiectasis, and the text is appreciably enhanced by well selected illustrations. The clinical diagnosis, too, is handled in a thorough manner, but