August 1976

Neonatal Medicine

Author Affiliations

Boston Hospital for Women 221 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115


by Forrester Cockburn and Cecil M. Drillien, 873 pp, 89 illus, $59, JB Lippincott Co, 1975.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(8):907-908. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120090117034

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As an aging neonatologist who teethed on Dunham's Premature Infants and Smith's Physiology of the Newborn Infant, I am now overwhelmed not only by the number of available new neonatal textbooks but by their huge size as well. Though realizing that all this reflects not only the increased interest in the field but also the resultant increase in knowledge, it would nevertheless be nice to have such texts written, for the most part, by one author. Neonatal Medicine is multiauthored, and this is reflected in the unevenness found between chapters.

Some of the chapters are, at least to me, weakened by authors who are strong on the contemplative but weak on the practical. Obviously, the perfect balance has yet to be achieved. For instance, take the subject of jaundice. First of all, the contributing author states that jaundice can be first observed at a bilirubin level of 2 mg/100 ml.

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