November 1973

Functional Anatomy of the Newborn.

Author Affiliations

Department of Reproductive Medicine University of California, San Diego School of Medicine La Jolla, CA 92037


By Edmund S Crelin, PhD, DSc. Price, $8 (cloth); $3.95 (paper). Pp 87. Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn, 1973.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(5):718. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190580032

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This is a very concise description of the anatomical features of the newborn infant, divided into some 60 subject headings such as heart, bronchi and alveoli, larynx, and eye, to name a few. The author, contending that "the newborn infant is not a miniature adult" had found such description lacking in the literature and contends it to be needed by all those who evaluate newborns. There are no references; three figures accompany the text. One is a line drawing of the skeleton, the others are topographic drawings of the major viscera, frontal and midsagittal views.

The author, who is professor of anatomy at Yale, is an experienced writer with a concise, clear style.

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