This book (fifth edition) with nearly 200 new illustrations comprises the digest of the work of the author since his appointment to the staff of the Pathological Department of the University of Birmingham, 46 years ago. The book has been completely revised to include the findings of the author's follow-up investigations of cases and those contained in some 157 recent publications selected for critical study.
The author describes an additional sign of fetal death; it is described as a zone of translucency internal and parallel to the fetal frontal and occipital bones representing the skull and the collapsed brain. Later this sign disappears because of maceration and is followed by overlapping of the skull tables. Obstetrical detachment of the capital epiphysis of the femur results from hyperextension, postabduction, plus extrenal rotation. An unusual position of the fetal head in utero may be due to a hygroma or other massive cervical