February 1982

Neonatal Orthopaedics

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642


by Robert N. Hensinger and Eric T. Jones, 319 pp, $39.50, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1981.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(2):181-182. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970380093038

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The authors have given to pediatrics and orthopedics a very valuable addition to the study of the neonate. This monograph fills a void between these two clinical specialties. Both authors are subspecialists in pediatric orthopedics, and emphasize that the neonate is not just a small child, as the child is not just a small adult. They have recognized the need for communication between the neonatologist and the orthopedist, so that each can learn from the other's discipline, ultimately to the benefit of the child.

The neonate is undergoing the most rapid growth of his life and many conditions of the musculoskeletal systems are most easily diagnosed and treated during this time. Conditions manifested by extremity and joint contractures, such as clubfoot, congenital hip dislocation, meningomyelocele, and arthrogryposis, ideally are treated in the neonatal period. Delayed treatment may require prolonged immobilization, extensive surgery, and prolonged or permanent disability.

The close collaboration

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