In the past two decades, the advances in pediatric neuropathology have extended knowledge of central nervous system lesions in the perinatal period and early childhood to a degree hardly matched in any other field of pathology. Neuropathologists and pediatric neurologists have felt the need of a manageable volume covering these new contributions and placing them in relationship to traditional concepts. Numerous excellent monographs have dealt with segments of the field, but the few volumes attempting more general coverage have been disappointing.
Despite the title, Friede's book covers most phases of pediatric neuropathology except neoplasms. As an introduction, there is a brief but useful chapter on the developing brain as its structure relates to lesions. The rest of the text is divided into three nearly equal parts—acquired lesions in infancy and childhood, malformations, and metabolic diseases. In dealing with so many diverse conditions in a single volume, some compromise must be