Dr. Potter is interested in the fetus as it develops in the uterus and in the infant as it adapts, after birth, to a new environment and a new type of existence. During the time that material for this book was collected, over 6,000 autopsies were performed at the Chicago Lying-in Hospital on infants and fetuses that died in that hospital and other places; tissues from over 3,000 additional autopsies performed elsewhere by pathologists from the Chicago Department of Health were also examined.
Dr. Potter points out that the pathology of the fetus and young infant has, until recently, been neglected. The pathological changes that occur during the infant's brief life are often meager and are sometimes overlooked by the inexperienced investigator. This volume was prepared to help those who are attempting to discover the causes of nonsurvival and to stimulate interest in those who have the opportunity and the