April 1954

Problemi dell'immaturità

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By Paolo Brusa and Pino Menghi. Price, not given. Pp. 109, with 28 charts. Edizioni scientifiche Italiane, Naples, 1952.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(4):521. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090509012

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This book is written for Italian physicians and nurses and stresses the necessity of good nursing if the death rate among premature infants is to be reduced. All infants with a birth weight less than 2,500 gm. are regarded as immature, whether born prematurely or not. A clinical study of 3,050 immature infants seen in the clinics in Milan is the basis of the discussion of the problem. Charts are presented giving interesting data regarding immature infants; thus, there is a predominance of girls (57.7%) over boys (42.3%); 5.7% are under 1,500 gm., 71.1% over 2,000 gm.; 69% were the first baby; 67% were infants of mothers 20 to 30 years of age; in 63.5% of the cases, the mother had been sick during pregnancy, and in 8.3%, there had been twins. An extensive chart gives the data regarding how long the premature child of various weights is likely to

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