The first two volumes of Abt's system of pediatrics, preparations for which were made in 1914, have now appeared. Authors were selected and topics assigned, but the beginning of the World War threw the work into confusion; when America entered the conflict in 1917, it was completely interrupted. With the coming of peace, it was found necessary, before proceeding further, to revise, and in some instances, to rewrite wholly such articles as had already been prepared. As Dr. Abt states in the preface, no extensive compilation of pediatric knowledge has been published since Keating's encyclopedia in 1889.
The Abt system is composed essentially of monographs of considerable length written by men who have contributed largely to the literature of the subjects they discuss. The first volume contains a "History of Encyclopedias" by Dr. Abt, "A History of Pediatrics" by Fielding H. Garrison, "Congenital and Acquired Predisposition and Heredity" by Clarence