June 1980

Neonatal Surgery

Author Affiliations

Department of Surgery University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY 14642


ed 2, edited by P. P. Rickham, James Lister, and Irene M. Irving, 621 pp, $99.95, Boston, Butterworth Inc, 1978.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(6):625. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130180081027

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The 23 authors from Liverpool and Zurich have compiled a very interesting 50 chapters, organized to cover most of the conditions encountered by the pediatric surgeon who cares for the neonate. Each chapter has been well referenced by its author, and the numerous photographs from his or her personal experience add much to the clarity of the text. The first of eight parts is entitled "General" and covers a wide range of topics, from Dr Rickham's views on ethics to Nurse Hartley's suggestions on nursing care of the neonate. Part 2 covers trauma, tumors, and twins, each being covered concisely and expertly. The more unusual are covered in a brief but adequate way. Part 3, entitled "Head and Neck," succinctly covers the surgical approach to a few conditions that might require emergency surgery. Part 4 covers the rib cage, diaphragm, and lungs. The chapters on diaphragmatic hernia and esophageal atresia