This volume contains 19 essays written by pediatric authorities with an excellent introduction by Waldo Nelson, MD. He reviews delightfully the changes in pediatrics during his active and productive career. There are few volumes of this type in existence today where the editors have sought to weave together the biomedical and social aspects of child health. It is also somewhat unique because of the inclusion from time to time of philosophic and ethical issues that are well handled. These characteristics provide a balance and a perspective that one would expect to see in a well-edited publication by these two pediatric leaders, honoring the observance of the International Year of the Child.
The editors, Drs Kretchmer and Brasel, have reached out for the talents of several well-known experts from countries other than the United States to enrich this book's international flavor. There is a particularly interesting article by Professor Ettore Rossi