THE GROW T H A N D DEVELOPMENT OF THE PREMATU RE LY BORN INFANT. C. M. Drillien. Pp. 376. Price 50/-. E. & S. Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1963.
This book describes the layout and planning of a survey to determine the effect of various factors on the baby of low birth weight. It goes on to set out the differences in the effects of many of these on the premature and normal control groups studied. There is a multitude of data on the problems of prematurity, but for the student not adept at “table scanning" it would be helpful to have a comprehensive summary of the main findings. In all, this is a book for the specialist, but the introductory chapter concerning definition and aims of the study, and also the difficulties and planning of such a survey make useful reading for the relatively uninitiated.
R J H McL
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