December 1946

The Physiology of the Newborn Infant.

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By Clement A. Smith, M.D. Price, $5.50. Pp. 360, with illustrations. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1945.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;78(6):771-772. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00220060144008

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In the introductory chapter of this work the author states that the presentation of the physiology, of the nervous system has been omitted intentionally. If this part could be presented as well as the subject matter of this book has been presented, it would be a welcome contribution.

"The Physiology of the Newborn Infant" begins with a consideration of fetal and neonatal respiration. The problem of respiratory movements before birth and the mechanism of postpartum respiration are considered. It may be advisable to mention in a later edition that differences between the values for the fetal and adult hemoglobin have not been attributed to the prosthetic group of the molecule. At the end of the chapter on fetal aspects of respiration there is a clinical summary, just as there is at the end of every chapter. These summaries form one of the most attractive features of the book.

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