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April 18, 1966

Diseases of the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Burlington, Vt


by Alexander J. Schaffer, with a section on neonatal cardiology by Milton Markowitz, and a section on fluid and electrolyte therapy by Lawrence Finberg, ed 2; 1,023 pp, 375 illus, $22, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1965.

JAMA. 1966;196(3):303-304. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100160153064

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In his preface the author states that this is "a book on clinical neonatology written by a practitioner." I would add that this is a very good book written by a very good and wise practitioner. It has matured well from a 1,995-gm, 878-page edition in 1960 to a 2,500-gm, 1,023-page second edition in 1965.

As the only book devoted exclusively to clinical neonatology, it fulfills a real need. It is a reliable source of common sense advice on common and rare problems. Some may object to the frequent use of individual case histories and the liberal use of the author's personal experience. Others will find this an attractive feature of the book.

It is well illustrated. The bibliographies are reasonably up to date and while not extensive are certainly adequate. The pharmacopoeia is a particularly valuable section, as it is in this area that physicians caring for newborn patients

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