The purpose of this volume is to present a cross section through the problems of modern pediatrics and to foster contact between research worker, obstetrician, and pediatrician. There are eighty-eight separate contributions on pediatric subjects, arranged in such sections as prenatal diseases, perinatal mortality, prematurity, nutritional disturbances, metabolism, allergy, infectious diseases, and hematology. The selection of articles covers a wide field of the current important problems of pediatrics. One hundred twenty-seven authors from different countries, many of them from Switzerland, have contributed articles, written in either German, French, or English. Translated summaries are added. Each author writes on subjects in which he is a recognized authority.
J. Warkany discusses prenatal diseases and arrives at the following conclusions: "The field of prenatal pathology is a no man's land at the present time. To cultivate it, close cooperation between obstetricians and pediatricians is required. Biology, embryology, and genetics, sciences not sufficiently consulted