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Book and Media Reviews
April 19, 2006

Perinatal Infectious Diseases

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(15):1840-1845. doi:10.1001/jama.295.15.1844

“The sad silence of deafness . . . of retardation . . . of blindness . . . of the grave” wrought by perinatal pathogens is, at once, the essence of this volume and of Dr Remington's introductory plea to “silence the silence.” The 30th anniversary of the now classic Remington and Klein's Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant is commemorated by a new edition, two additional editors, Drs Wilson and Baker, two new chapters, and new authors.

Alas, with the exception of the congenital rubella syndrome, little progress has been made in silencing the silence. The editors wish to empower those who care for the unborn and newly born by providing an “intensive summation of existing information on . . . infections that affect the fetus and newborn.” This they accomplish in 37 chapters and approximately 1300 pages. In contrast to general pediatric textbooks, there are no competitors in the field. Thus, one is left to compare the new edition with its predecessor and, of course, judge it on its own merits.

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