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The idea of a modern approach to pediatric nursing involving social factors and stressing growth and development, which was attempted here, is a good one; however, if the student nurse is to acquire only one textbook concerned with pediatrics, this is not the book for her. It is often superficial, sometimes inaccurate, and would make a poor reference for questions that might arise as she works with children. The author anticipates that, while using the book, one would do parallel reading, and at the end of each chapter references are given. These are so numerous and often broad, as in the citing of entire medical textbooks, that the student would need much guidance in making selections. The book is nicely illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Instructors should find it useful in gleaning topics for group discussion among students of pediatric nursing.