January 17, 1972

Diseases of the Newborn

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Madison


by Alexander J. Schaffer and Mary Ellen Avery, ed 3; 919 pp, 346 illus, $27.50, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1971.

JAMA. 1972;219(3):390. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190290076035

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Since its initial publication 11 years ago, Schaffer's Diseases of the Newborn has been a standard reference for physicians working in the nursery. Its success depended on a highly readable exposition coupled with extensive practical comments from the author's personal experience.

Those familiar with its predecessors will find the third edition more current in information but unchanged in style and format. Dr. Mary Ellen Avery joins Dr. Schaffer as coauthor of this edition.

The book is a comprehensive compendium of newborn diseases arranged by organ system. Pertinent and instructive photographs and illustrations are widely used. Well-described case histories add depth to the presentation of clinical entities. Written for the physician who wants practical, diagnosis-and-treatment-oriented information, the authors emphasize clinical signs and symptoms, and differential diagnosis. Discussion of pathophysiology is short but to the point. An up-to-date list of references follows each chapter.

There are helpful appendices which include outlined procedures