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November 7, 1931

Les premiers jours du nouveau-né.

JAMA. 1931;97(19):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730190065036

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This volume is one of a series of monographs on pediatric subjects. Marcel Metzger and André Héraux present a clinical review of the physiology and hygiene of the new-born infant, the methods of feeding, dressing and bathing. There is a brief discussion of the initial loss of weight, idiopathic icterus and genital changes in the normal new-born infant. Under artificial feeding methods, the use of evaporated and condensed milks is recommended in various simple dilutions, based apparently more on empiric methods than on the caloric and metabolic requirements of the infant. There is a simple clinical description of the various pathologic manifestations in the new-born, including such subjects as vomiting, hyperthermia, cyanosis, edema, infections, obstetric traumas, malformations, syphilis and tuberculosis. In discussing infections in the new-born, the authors comment on the two chief characteristics: the weak defense reaction against the majority of pathogenic micro-organisms and the multiple pathways for entrance

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