July 1977

The Physiology of the Newborn Infant

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics School of Medince University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA 92093


ed 4, by Clement A. Smith and Nicholas M. Nelson, 771 pp, 241 illus, $52, Charles C Thomas Publisher, 1976.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(7):824. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120200104033

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It is of interest to review the trend in books about the newborn and perinatal areas. Not long ago there were only three major texts: The Physiology of the Newborn Infant, by Dr Clement A. Smith; The Management of the Newborn, by Dr Arthur Parmalee; and The Premature Infant by Dr Beryl Corner. Later Schaffer added Diseases of the Newborn. These texts had in common one major characteristic: each was written by a single author. Today we are in the midst of a veritable avalanche of multi-authored books on the newborn and perinatal medicine.

Multi-authored books seem to be developed along two lines. One is as a standard textbook in which the editor (or editors) lays out a plan and recruits a number of authors who write chapters that may overlap or have no interrelationship and who write in a variety of styles. Frequently, they are not objective and some

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