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February 23, 1952

Caring for the Premature Baby

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By Lillian Saltzman. Cloth. $2.50. Pp. 142, with illustrations. Chapman & Grimes, Publishers, 30 Winchester St., Boston 16, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;148(8):687. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930080097037

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This is an excellent book, directed to the layman, concerning the minute technicalities of care of the premature infant. It should prove helpful to those in communities in which home births are prevalent and hospital care for premature infants is not available, and should be of value to both practical and trained nurses. The book covers general facts concerning the anatomy and physiology of the premature infant and its early care and gives specific details concerning infection, cyanosis, clothing, bathing, and feeding. The problem of humidity does not receive sufficient stress; it is now generally recognized that adequate humidity is essential for the premature infant. Also, the oxygen concentration recommended by the author for these infants seems too high. Informative discussions of the various types of incubators and of diarrhea and intestinal disorders are included. Persons entrusted with the care of a premature infant should find this book of assistance.

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