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October 1974

Neonatal Emergencies and Other Problems,

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Division of Perinatal Medicine University Station University of Alabama in Birmingham Birmingham, AL 35294

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(4):583. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110290153028

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This text, published in 1972, represents another attempt to summarize, in practical fashion, available information of importance in the management of neonatal disease. Rapid changes in this area of medicine out-date such attempts literally before the ink is dry. Dr. Black, however, sets forth the basic principles of physical diagnosis, interpretation of symptoms and signs, and the importance of a well-ordered, thorough history. In this manner, his work is not merely of temporary importance, and is of more value to the student facing his or her first neonatal patient. The book is at its best in discussing differential diagnosis of respiratory distress, especially with the emphasis on predisposing conditions. The clinical approach to neonatal seizures is excellent and the suggested steps in investigating neonatal vomiting should be framed on the wall of every nursery. The chapter on "routine examination" of the newborn is superb and the initial chapters outlining factors

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