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In the first edition in 1952 of her classic textbook Pathology of the Fetus and Infant, Edith Potter wrote "The pathology of the fetus and young infant has until recently been greatly neglected." By the third edition (1975), she could state that the "condition of the unborn and newly born infant and the processes responsible for its development... are major subjects of investigation and clinical interest," acknowledging a major leap in the years since the first edition.
Dr Potter, one of the most diligent and thorough observers of human pathology, succinctly cataloged some 19 000 fetal and neonatal autopsies from several sources, creating a major work, which as of the third edition comprised a single volume of 28 chapters and nearly 700 pages. Lest anyone think that laboring in the autopsy room over macerated stillborns and deceased infants is clinically irrelevant, Potter's classification, for example, of anomalous kidneys and the
Taxy JB. Potter's Pathology of the Fetus and Infant. JAMA. 1997;277(8):676. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540320078045
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