Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 92:F419-F420 doi:10.1136/fnn.2005.091397
  • Perinatal lessons from the past

Dr Edith Potter (1901–1993) of Chicago: pioneer in perinatal pathology

  1. P M Dunn
  1. P M Dunn, Department of Child Health, University of Bristol, Southmead Hospital, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK; p.m.dunn{at}
  • Accepted 24 December 2005


Following in the footsteps of Billard and Ballantyne, Edith Potter founded from the 1930s onwards the modern subspecialty of perinatal pathology. Her name is eponymously linked with the facial characteristics of infants with bilateral renal agenesis.


  • Competing interests: None declared.