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August 7, 1972

Hematologic Problems in the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Cook County Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1972;221(6):605. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200190049025

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Into a compact volume the authors have poured a treasure trove of perinatal and neonatal hematological facts. In addition to a wealth of information, the text is superbly organized and written in the finest literary tradition. The book represents a summary of the author's vast experience plus a critical analysis of the literature, with the bibliography numbering 51 pages. The inclusion of a generous number of high quality photomicrographs and line-drawings provides additional clarity to the written word. This reviewer found the comprehensive tables to be very helpful in maintaining an overview of the problem under discussion.

The book begins with a compendium of the rapidly changing normal value peculiar to this age group. Then follows a discussion of the "for better or for worse, in sickness and health," maternal-fetal relationship. The chapters dealing with anemia and polycythemia present logical patientoriented approaches to diagnosis and management. Particularly useful to the