This book is probably the most comprehensive presentation of the medical aspects of mental retardation of any previously published book on this subject. It covers, in a most competent fashion, practically every classified syndrome and cause intimately or even remotely related to the field. As a source or reference text, it should prove invaluable for those involved in the medical aspects of mental retardation, and deserves a place in any medical library. It is well indexed as to both author and subject. It also includes a summary chapter of all the syndromes and causes, discussed in detail elsewhere in the book, and synoptic in form for rapid perusal. The magnitude of the medical coverage is indicated by the fact that this summary chapter itself requires 40 pages.
The many conditions discussed are roughly grouped into 12 chapters, covering the genetic and chromosomal disorders, prenatal and perinatal factors, and postnatal