It is often said that a good book is a mirror, reflecting the image of the author. If this is so, Professor Court and his collaborators appear, in this book aimed at medical students and family practitioners, as wise and warm physicians, who have had a great deal of experience in the clinical care of children. This is not a textbook of pediatrics but a discussion of common problems met in the medical care of children. Most illnesses are discussed in this book by starting from the symptom rather than the etiologic point of view. Thus "Vomiting Babies" (chapter 4) ranges from feeding mismanagement through subdural hematomata. American physicians will find most useful those chapters dealing with everyday questions (such as crying babies and nursing the sick child at home), Family Infections, Chesty Children, and Developmental Problems, for those are subjects rarely covered in this fashion in standard textbooks.