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May 7, 1960

Premature Babies: Their Nursing Care and Management

JAMA. 1960;173(1):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020190124040

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This book on the care of premature and immature infants was written as a textbook or reference book for nurses. It is brief and well organized but repetitious. The author defends this point in the preface by explaining that the repetition was "to promote clarity and obtain emphasis." His style of writing is clear, and he avoids complicated medical terms. This promotes interesting and easy reading. The author does not discuss some of the important instructions to the nurse. He devotes many pages to listing material and equipment necessary in a nursery for premature infants but omits the mention of good records and charting of information on each infant, which would be most helpful to the attending physician in treatment. The type of resuscitation which he has outlined does not conform with present standards. The author passes lightly over feeding techniques, and I do not agree with his recommendation of

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