January 1961

Premature Babies; Their Nursing Care and Management.

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By A. K. Geddes, M.D. Price, $4.50. Pp., 215, with 13 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 West Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1960.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(1):135. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020020137020

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This book, an account of the premature baby and his problems, is written with warmth, sympathy, and a refreshing sense of humor. It should prove useful to the premature nursery nurse, but will be found to be too elemental and too dogmatic for the physician in charge of the nursery.

Especially to be commended is the organization of the book into chapters by the important presenting symptom or sign of the premature in trouble.

The stateside nurse will need to make allowance for the differences in the way our Canadian confreres do things. For instance, very few undines will be found in our delivery rooms. (This is a Grecian-pitcher-appearing gadget which holds the saline used to wash a newborn's eyes.) Nor will our girls often be found sticking their heads into an incubator to check the humidity before putting a baby in.

But especially intriguing was the suggestion that the

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