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August 1966

Care of the Newly Born Infant

Am J Dis Child. 1966;112(2):172. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090110116030

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This British volume is amusing; perhaps it has a place; the place is not on the US physician's bookshelf.

The group for which the book is written is not indicated in the preface or in any other opening statement. The omission strikes the reviewer as a purposefully misleading play for the "rich American market." Careful reading seems to indicate that the volume is for the midwife, not a large category of US medical personnel.

The text is simple and naive; it may be adequate for the British midwife; it is scarcely adequate for US obstetrical or nursery nurses. The portions devoted to nursing care and responsibility are abbreviated and misleading. For instance, it is implied that infants of diabetic mothers (discussed under minor departures from normal) be followed in the home. The guts of the two-page section on this topic states, "In about 5% of cases the baby's condition remains

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