The purpose of the book is to present the practical experience gained from the Premature Infant Station of the Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, together with advances made in knowledge related to the care of the prematurely born infant. Details of physical and nutritional care are discussed, as well as the diseases to which the prematurely born baby is subject and their treatment. Although the book may be considered as a textbook, restriction of the scope to this limited field makes it essentially a reference book. It contains approximately 90 illustrations and 91 references. Some of the references could well be replaced with more modern ones.
The book has been revised and additions have been made, but it has not been rewritten. Several things are mentioned that are no longer current, such as irradiated milk and designation of thiamine and riboflavin in terms of units. The book contains an occasional error;