October 1967

Primer on Prematurity and High-Risk Pregnancy.

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By S. Gorham Babson, MD, and Ralph C. Benson, MD. Price, $10.50. Pp 172. The C. V. Mosby Co., 3207 Washington Blvd, St. Louis 63103, 1966.

Am J Dis Child. 1967;114(4):461. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090250159031

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In the Preface the authors note that this manual, originating as a mimeographed brochure for local use, has now been expanded into book form. The result is a moderately expensive set of notes which spells out (a) the recognized maternal and fetal factors known to contribute to prematurity, (b) complications and physiologic derangements associated with prematurity, and (c) generally acceptable procedures for the care of premature and high-risk infants. This book will be useful for the "busy practitioner, house officer, and nurse" who may prefer information presented in an uncluttered, didactic, tabular format. This reviewer, however, believes that it is not only important to know what to do, but also to understand why it is being done. The notes without the sermon are of limited value. At the local center with the authors present to clarify, to modify, and to revise the material presented, the manual undoubtedly serves a valuable

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