November 1974

The Lung and Its Disorders in the Newborn Infant,

Author Affiliations

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


by Mary Ellen Avery and Barry D. Fletcher, ed 3; 361 pp, 127 illus, WB Saunders Co, 1974.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(5):752. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110300162038

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This is the only comprehensive text dealing with the neonatal lung and its disorders. Since the first edition, it has enjoyed a prominent place on the shelves of nearly all who deal with newborns and their problems. Dr. Avery brings her long, extensive experience with problems in developmental pulmonary physiology to the authorship and views critically from her own vantage point newer findings and philosophies. In this edition also, Dr. Fletcher adds strong emphasis, as a pediatric radiologist, to the diagnostic necessity for radiological support. This is an invaluable aspect.

The book is divided appropriately into sections dealing with lung development, generally, and the embryology, cytology, and surfactant biochemistry of the developing lung, specifically. This, perhaps, is the true heart of the volume. Subsequent sections and chapters deal with the mechanical aspects of lung function and what the requirements are for successful postnatal breathing. Robert L. Williams, MD, adds

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