March 1974

Is My Baby All Right?

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By Virginia Apgar, MD, MPH, Joan Beck. Price, $9.95. Pp 492. Trident Press, New York, 1973.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(3):450. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110220148034

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Subtitled A Guide to Birth Defects, this book by a prominent physician and a journalist provides information to parents and members of helping professions as to the causes, treatment, and prevention of prenatally and perinatally determined handicapping conditions.

Approximately one third of this 492-page book is devoted to a presentation of heredity, reproduction, and intrauterine development that provides just the right balance of complexity and wonderment to help the lay reader understand the potential causes of birth defects. This section, written in simplified but still technical language, includes both the normal sequence of events and descriptions of ways these events may be altered to complicate a pregnancy or birth. The remainder of the book presents short chapters on 25 handicapping conditions, ranging from sickle cell anemia and diabetes to mental retardation and minimal brain dysfunction. These are brief human interest dramas that describe the situations of families of handicapped children

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