Dr. Mary Crosse, the author, is chief obstetric health officer in charge of maternity homes and the premature baby unit of the city of Birmingham, England. Fourteen years ago she commenced an attack directed toward the reduction of mortality among premature babies. Her work was so encouraging that English physicians, who watched her, often wished that she would describe her methods, so that others might profit by them and follow her example. This book is the result. According to the English pediatrician Dr. Leonard G. Parsons, her experience and results in this field have been unrivalled in that country. According to him the book is unique in British literature.
The book is divided into eight chapters, an appendix and an index. The chapters deal with characteristics of premature infants, general scheme of management and care, institutional care, home care, clothing. methods of feeding, complications that occur in premature babies and