Perinatal Pathology is the science embracing
the study of disease processes in the newborn.
The perinatal mortality rate has over the last
four years failed to maintain the downward
trend so evident in the previous decade.
that extent it provides not only a continuing
cause for concerns but a challenge to paediatric
pathology - a comparatively new and hitherto
much neglected, medical science.
This thesis is based on a series of 1947
consecutive autopsies performed over a period of
years - 1st January, 1952 to 30th June, 1956
- whilst on the staff of the Department of Pathology,
University of Edinburgh, and seconded to the
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.