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December 25, 1937

Unreife und Lebensschwäche

JAMA. 1937;109(26):2165. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780520055038

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This monograph concerns itself with the physiologic and clinical aspects of prematurity and immaturity. The author believes that the conventional boundary of maturity, 2,500 Gm. birth weight, is too high and should be 2,000 Gm. He then discusses the incidence of and basis for prematurity and immaturity. Growth, body chemistry and metabolism are next discussed and differences between the mature infant are discussed. Then follow concise discussions on hormones, ferments, nutrition, circulation and respiration. Clinical disorders associated with prematurity and immaturity are then discussed. The concluding discussion concerns itself with the management and care of the premature. The monograph is concise but covers the subject comprehensively. Few original data are found in the work, but the author handles his material well. The bibliography is extensive but is confined almost entirely to European literature. The book has merit as a terse but comprehensive summary of physiologic and clinical aspects of prematurity

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