During the past 15 or 20 years, various subspecialties of pediatrics have evolved into rather well-defined and generally recognized areas of endeavor. Stimulated by clinical need and fostered by the training in a relatively small number of centers of young pediatricians, hematology has shared in the development. Thus, an oral tradition of clinical pediatric hematology has developed, a literature in the periodicals has increased, and authoritative but necessarily rather short sections on hematology have been presented in the recognized textbooks of pediatrics.
The time is long overdue, however, for a separate volume concerned with pediatric hematology, and Dr. Carl Smith has supplied one, Blood Diseases of Infancy and Childhood.
It was his intention, he mentions in his preface, to provide a practical clinical text which would supplement the available more extensive texts of general hematology. This he has done.
This is a homey, practical book. The clinical descriptions of the