The newborn infant has become a steadily increasing subject of interest in many areas of medical thought. Health authorities are concerned because little progress has been made in reducing mortality in the neonatal period, particularly the first two days of life. Physiologists are just beginning to appreciate that here lies a great unexplored field for research which promises most rewarding results. Psychologists and psychiatrists have begun to realize that patterns of behavior and conduct begin to be formed from the very beginning of life and that child-parent relationship, even in the newborn phase, may have great bearing on subsequent emotional adjustment.
This book, coming as it does from the long and extensive experience of the author, and with its practical approach to the newborn infant both as a normal and an abnormal individual, is accordingly most timely. While it professes to deal only with subject matter from the author's personal