The authors are pediatricians affiliated with the School of Medicine of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and are obviously well acquainted with the pediatric problems of tropical Africa. Their handbook of child care and pediatrics is written in plain language and is abundantly and clearly illustrated. It is aimed at a broad range of health care professionals: nurses, midwives, social workers, and physicians.
In the preface to the book the authors point out that infantile mortality (birth to one year of age) is still a serious problem in most African countries, ranging from 100 to 200 deaths per 1,000. The situation is no better in the age group from one to five. In fact, in some areas of Africa, as many as 50% of children die before the age of five. The number of survivors with various handicaps also is extremely high. It is estimated that, in the Third World, there are as many as 400 million individuals who are handicapped as a consequence of infantile diseases.