This volume is the joint effort of 20 contributors, organized and edited by the director of the Adolescent Unit at the University of Alabama Medical Center. Its goal, that of orienting the physician to the adolescent, is well accomplished.
The adolescent population is growing rapidly in size and significance. One fifth of the people in the United States are in their second decade. Health care of the adolescent has many supporters but concern about special needs and demands of this group reaches many fields besides medicine. There is not only a flourishing growth of clinics and hospital services especially devoted to teenagers, but there is also a corresponding increase in pediatricians who proclaim their interest in adolescents as well as younger children. This is a far cry from the days, not so very long ago, when a teen-ager was accepted in medical practice simply as an older child possibly with