by David Bell, 192 pp, $5.95, William Morrow & Co Inc, 1975.
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Are you curious about neonatal intensive care? Are you interested in the emotional side of medicine? Do you enjoy soap operas or medical television dramas? If so, try A Time to Be Born for leisure time reading, for it is in no way a text book. This book is intended for the layman as well as for the professional. Anyone who is interested or involved in the tensions, issues, and decisions faced in a modern-day regional intensive care center for the newborn will gain a deeper understanding from having read this book.
The author, Dr Bell, was a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine in 1971, and gained much of the inspiration for his book while he was in pediatric internship and residency at Boston City Hospital.
He narrates his book in an excellent and concise style. It is divided into four parts that are based on case-histories of
SEARS EM. A Time to Be Born. Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(1):107-108. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120020109023