One half of this guide to child care and rearing is just fine. Dr. Kappelman outlines carefully and accessibly the causes, diagnoses, symptoms and treatment for most of the common ills of childhood -- colds, rashes, viruses, earaches, landmark diseases such as mumps, measles, etc., and there are illuminating sections on the tonsil controversy, seizures, poisons, obesity, etc. The chapters on behavioral problems of the normal child -- on discipline, lying, school difficulties, the child's reaction to divorce, sibling rivalry, etc. -- are not so successful. The rather ponderous, avuncular prose which serves so well in medical matters (one doesn't want a pediatrician who's a barrel of laughs when the tot's temperature climbs) tends to quash the essential complexity of problems in human relationships. (In the chapter on discipline, for example, Kappelman describes the evolving child-parent interaction as ""the sequence of fear-respect-love [which must be] achieved in that order."") Until midpoint a sound medical guide especially for new parents.