There are two truly great textbooks of pediatrics in the English language. One of these is the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics which has passed through nine editions and the other Pediatrics, edited by Barnett and Einhorn, which is now releasing a 15th edition. One or the other and frequently both of these volumes are the ready source of reference for nearly every pediatrician in the country. They supply the needs of both practitioners and subspecialists in covering a broad spectrum of an ever enlarging knowledge of aspects of disease in childhood. A new edition always receives a warm welcome and expectant perusal.
A few statistics about Pediatrics-15 are in order. Compared with the 14th edition, published in 1968, the number of pages has expanded from 1,873 to 2,102, an increase of 12%. And yet on a mass basis weight has decreased from 3.1 to 2.9 kg, a decline of 3.7%.