April 1982

Assisted Ventilation of the Neonate

Author Affiliations

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA 02114


edited by Jay P. Goldsmith and Edward H. Karotkin, 390 pp, 142 illus, $37.50, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1981.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(4):378-379. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970400096037

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The editors of this collaborative work have succeeded in filling a void. Mechanical ventilation of the newborn has been (arguably) somewhat more art, craft, and myth than applied science. The book is likable, readable, and concise. The preface heralds a "how to" philosophy, and that is fulfilled. The style is reminiscent of the highly successful book Care of the High Risk Neonate by Klaus and Fanaroff. The editors have assembled a book that is perhaps greater than the apparent sum of its parts.

Certain material, namely chapters on history, physiology, complications, and nutrition, are necessarily streamlined and redundant when compared with standard neonatology textbooks. Significant contributions include unique chapters on pharmacologic therapy, mechanics of ventilators, types of ventilator hardware, monitoring, and transport. What could easily have become dry, technical descriptions comes across in a well-conceived, logical, and readable manner.

Chapters on surgical and intraoperative management, although less thorough, are broad

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