The study of birth injuries of the central nervous system reported in this book is based on cases of 93 infants of a total of 15,130 infants over 1,500 Gm. in weight born in the Obstetrical Hospital in Stuttgart, on cases of 40 infants of a total of 8,425 infants born at the University Obstetrical Hospital in Innsbruck and on 20 cases from the University Obstetrical Hospital in Königsberg—a total of 153 cases, in all of which the diagnosis was proved by careful postmortem examination.
The author discusses separately the cases in which birth was spontaneous and those in which there was an operative delivery. The injuries occurring in spontaneous births are considered more significant because they offer more accurate information of the cause or causes, since in cases of operative delivery it is impossible to estimate what part is played by the operative procedures employed. The author has critically