February 1980

Atlas of the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Department of Newborn Medicine Shaare Zedek Hospital Jaffe Road Jerusalem, Israel 91-000


by Neil O'Doherty, 412 pp, 530 illus, $29, Philadelphia, Harper & Row Publishers Inc, 1979.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(2):214. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130140080028

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The old chestnut that a picture is worth 1,000 words would surely justify the publication of a color atlas of the newborn. The explosion of knowledge on the care of the neonate has reached the encyclopedic state, with each new volume exceeding the previous one in a mass of verbal detail. Thus, a text that depicts visually the essentials of neonatology would be most welcome. To that end, Neil O'Doherty of the University College of Dublin has assembled more than 500 color photographs and has authored a succinct accompanying text. The result is an atlas of the newborn that emphasizes the physical characteristics of the newborn, both normal and abnormal.

The Atlas is organized into six separate and roughly equal sections, entitled: "The Normal Infant and His Trivial Complaints," "Low Birth Weight Babies," "Trauma," "Infection," "Congenital Abnormality," and "Skin Defects." The great majority of the photographs are of physical signs,