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The first part of this book is in the form of lectures given at the Hospital of Charity, Paris, by Henri Vignes. These lectures are in effect a summarization of important books and studies in the field of pediatrics. The first chapter discusses the underdevelopment of the various organs of premature infants and indicates clearly why one three months under term cannot be raised, even under ideal extra-uterine conditions. Several graphs are included in the first chapter showing the intra-uterine growth in weight, the proportional increase in body height and the measurement of organs, the surface or area of the premature infant relative to weight, and other items. A table is presented showing the term and weight of several abnormally small premature infants observed by various pediatricians. The author emphasizes three circumstances that tend to aggravate the risks of immaturity; namely, obstetric injuries, intra-uterine conditions and hereditary diseases. The second
Les prémsturés. JAMA. 1934;103(11):863. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750370067029