November 6, 1981

Care of the Newborn

Author Affiliations

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia


edited by Richard L. Schreiner, 308 pp, with illus, $24, New York, Raven Press, 1981.

JAMA. 1981;246(18):2077. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320180067040

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This book emphasizes the clinical approach to neonatal medicine and provides ample theory and facts, avoiding a cookbook approach. There are three distinctly different portions of the book.

Part 1 deals with general aspects of neonatal care, beginning in the delivery room with the initial newborn examination, the obstetric history, resuscitation, stabilization, and initial screening tests. Infant nutrition and care of the normal newborn and, importantly, of the family are emphasized, and an orderly and comprehensive discussion of discharge instructions and "before the first visit" newborn care is provided. The common newborn problems of sepsis, respiratory distress, jaundice, hypoglycemia, persistent fetal circulation, seizures, necrotizing enterocolitis, and surgical emergencies are adequately covered. Cyanotic congenital heart disease and congestive heart failure are sparsely covered, and two important and common problems of the very-low-birth-weight infant, intracranial hemorrhage and patent ductus arteriosus, are not discussed at all. The most serious criticism of this section