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IN HEALTH AND DISEASE.
Author of Hints to Mothers for the Management of Health during the period
of Pregnancy and in the Lying-in Room.'
ROBERT W. PARKER, M.R.C.S. ENG.
Assistant-Surgeon to the East London Hospital for Children:
All rights reserveds
SOME years having elapsed since this work and its companion volume, Hints to Mothers for the Management of their Health,' had the advantage of the Author's revision, it appeared to the Publishers that, before issuing new editions, it was desirable to subject them to a thorough revision, and to make all such additions as had become necessary in consequence of recent advances in Medical Science.
After due consideration the two works were placed in the hands of Mr. Parker, for some years Resident Medical Officer at the Hospital for Sick Children, and it is under his Editorship that these new editions make their appearance.
The Publishers would only add that the large sale and constant demand for these works -one having passed through twenty-four and the other through thirteen editions-may
not unfairly—be appealed to as a testimony of their excellence. Not only have they been thus extensively circulated at home, but thousands of copies have been sent and taken out to the Colonies and to America, thus testifying to the great popularity which the works enjoy in places where medical aid is not so readily obtainable as in our own country.
In the autumn of 1875 I was asked by the Publishers to undertake the revision of this wellknown work and its companion volume, Hints to Mothers.' Believing that the experience I had gained, whilst holding various resident and other appointments in hospitals, both in England and on the Continent, would materially help me, I undertook the task.
I wish it to be distinctly understood that the general plan of the work remains unchanged, although it has been found necessary to make alterations in many and to rewrite some of the chapters altogether. I can lay no claim to any of the credit, which the undoubted merits of the book have earned for it; this belongs to its original author. My task has been to adapt the subject-matter to the altered views which are now held both as regards the recognition and the treatment of disease.