The subject matter of this small volume is classified according to symptoms rather than according to diseases. Symptoms as they appear in new-born infants and in children are discussed in three sections, with the differential characteristics of the diseases causing such symptoms in each of the age periods. Since the work is intended primarily as an aid to the physician in bedside diagnosis, emphasis is placed on the data derived from the history, observation of the child and its environment and physical examination. Laboratory diagnosis is omitted except when it is of essential importance, and then it is not discussed in detail.
Special attention is given to the variation in symptoms in different children due to differences in underlying constitution. The exudative and neuropathic diatheses in particular are described as responsible for many atypical reactions. The importance of viewing the child as a whole rather than concentrating on isolated organs