December 1977

Developmental Pathology of the Neonate

Author Affiliations

Department of Pathology M-012 University of California San Diego La Jolla, CA 92037


by Jeanne-Claudie Larroche, 525 pp, $73.50, Excerpta Medica, 1976.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(12):1411. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120250093025

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In recent years, perinatal medicine has become one of the most rapidly growing clinical disciplines. New developments in any subspecialty demand attention from pathologists concerned with that area, hence, the arrival of this book is timely. Developmental Pathology of the Neonate is a synthesis of postmortem observations from thousands of perinatal deaths studied at the Research Center for Biological Development of the Fetus and Newborn and at the Port Royal Maternity Hospital in Paris. There is a strong emphasis on clinicopathologic correlation throughout the book. The text is divided into 24 chapters in which each important organ system is represented. Separate chapters deal with hemolytic disease of the newborn, nonimmunologic hydrops fetalis, the untoward effects of umbilical catheterization, and placental pathology. Cytobacteriologic examination of the placenta and membranes is recommended for more rapid diagnosis of neonatal infection. The placenta is also useful for tissue and biochemical diagnosis of storage disorders

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