September 1976

Management of High-Risk Pregnancy and Intensive Care of the Neonate

Author Affiliations

Boston Hospital for Women 221 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115


by S. Gorham Babson, Ralph C. Benson, Martin L. Pernoll, and Gerda I. Benda, 316 pp, 82 illus, $16.50, CV Mosby Co, 1975.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(9):1039. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120100129031

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The authors have collaborated again on a third edition of this very practical and most informative book. As one who has recently been outmaneuvered by the pediatric neonatal board examination, I reviewed and studied the book in greater detail than I otherwise might. It does not, as its title implies, try to develop in detail the physiological principles for most of the recommended management cited, but nevertheless manages to allude to some basic concepts. Furthermore, it would appear these four authors must actually work together, for the book is written in a uniform style.

While this book certainly could be used by anyone in a community hospital practicing obstetrics or newborn care, at the same time it is complete and comprehensive enough to be an excellent guide for tertiary care centers. When compared to the general textbooks on neonatal medicine (many of them 1,500 or more pages in length), this

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