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January 1982

Neurology of the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Colorado Medical Center 4200 E Ninth St Denver, CO 80262

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(1):86. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970370088036

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For those who have awaited the arrival of the book on neonatal neurology: this is it! Amazingly, one person assembled this comprehensive treatise. The task was monumental, but worth the effort, because this book has a cohesiveness of approach and style not possible in multiauthored texts. This signal publication provides the most thorough review of the field available. Volpe correctly asserts, "the neurology of the newborn has come of age." I have no doubt that this book will be the landmark publication that establishes this fact.

It is exciting to see conventional neurological wisdom applied to this age group in a productive fashion. The virtues of a careful neurological approach are demonstrated. Simple and useful observations performed routine in older children are often overlooked in the nursery. Quite appropriately, three chapters deal with the examination, monitoring, and laboratory assessment of the neonatal nervous system. More specific tests are discussed where

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