June 1985

Hyaline Membrane Disease

Author Affiliations

Division of Neonatology Department of Pediatrics University of California, Davis School of Medicine Davis, CA 95616


edited by Leo Stern, 297 pp, with illus, $39.50, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1984.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(6):580. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140080050031

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This is a true textbook on hyaline membrane disease. It is not a collection of manuscripts containing the contributors' research work. Each chapter is an up-to-date review with an extensive reference list. The book proceeds in a logical manner, beginning with a chapter on historical perspective and continuing with chapters on lung development, surfactant secretion, clinical course, therapy, prevention, pulmonary sequelae, and long-term outcome of survivors. Chapters on lung morphology, radiology, and patent ductus arteriosus are inserted in reasonable order as well. The morphology chapter has numerous excellent photomicrographs as does the excellent chapter on pulmonary oxygen toxicity by Robert J. Roberts. In most chapters, the authors review the current basic information in their area and then bring the reader to the level of its bedside usefulness or application. The major exception, in my opinion, is the chapter on mechanical ventilation, which deals with the machines and their use and

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