The history of pediatrics is here taken up from a variety of viewpoints. In part, the volume presents a narrative, by temporal eras and geographical location, but in part it analyzes particular topics. Probably the most interesting portions are those chapters which take up from the historical standpoint the social aspects of pediatrics and the social attitudes toward Children— such as the exposure of infants as a form of population control, the origin of children's hospitals, the care of defective children, various economic and public health problems, including child labor, and the problems of raising and educating children. Then there is a fairly systematic but relatively brief coverage of specifically pediatric topics, particularly various aspects of nutrition, together with brief coverage of numerous specific diseases, particularly the infections. Numerous miscellaneous topics receive casual mention.
Encyclopedic in extent and scholarly in tone, the book provides an enormous amount of information, which,