The previous edition of this traditional mainstay of the pediatric library is so long obsolete that the present edition is actually a completely new text. In accordance with the present trend, Holt is now a composite book written by 72 authors. The list of collaborators is indeed an impressive one.
Previous editions of Holt were noted for their conciseness and readability as compared to other texts. The present volume continues this tendency to be brief and concise, though in a few places the conciseness is overdone to a point of insufficiency.
Although this is a completely new book, it would be useless to try to review all of the sections in detail. Almost all the articles are good, adequate in coverage, and reflecting the most current thinking. Worthy of mention as exceptionally good are the sections on neurology and endocrinology. Diabetes is well covered. The section on the newborn is