The Advances in Pediatrics has always served to present a balance between the theoretical and the practical while summarizing the recent contributions to knowledge in several broad areas of pediatrics. The most recent volume is no exception and should serve as an excellent review for the practitioner and as a source reference for the academician.
The reports on neonatal bilirubin metabolism, viral infections of the fetus and newborn, and calcium and phosphorus metabolism present extensive reviews of many current principles of physiology, biochemistry, and immunology. In addition numerous practical applications of this basic scientific information, such as the role of drugs in the production of neonatal jaundice or the usefulness of cortisone in hypercalcemic conditions, are described. Generally the clarity of the writing and the organization have succeeded in making the information readily available and utilizable. In particular the chapter on the chemotherapy of malignant disease in children concisely summarizes