This brief little volume is a new book designed to introduce to the nurse the main problems and diseases of childhood with which she will have to deal later. It omits all nursing technic, and because other books on the subject are available no attempt is made to include the infectious diseases. As a book for nurses, therapeutics is briefly mentioned, this being considered the province of the physician.
The book is excellent and quite up-to-date so far as it goes. Dr. Watkins is an excellent writer and apparently an able pediatrician. It is to be regretted that he should choose to be so brief. The 184 pages of text are divided into 26 chapters, some of which are excessively short, as, for example, the 2½ pages devoted to skeletal disorders and a like space to venereal disease.
Aside from the deliberate brevity of the text, few faults are found.