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May 10, 1958

Comparative Aspects of Haemolytic Disease of the New-born

JAMA. 1958;167(2):271. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990190125033

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This is a worthy companion of "The Rhesus Factor," written by the same author in 1947. The four most attractive features of the monograph are (1) the vertical treatment of the subject (the historical approach to the topic as a whole and to each separate phase of it); (2) the horizontal treatment (the comparative review of the disease phenomenon in animals); (3) the admirable selectivity, which made it possible to present a wealth of material in a pocket-sized book; and (4) the combination of brevity with clarity which makes reading enjoyable and profitable. The history of jaundice in the newborn infant and its association with hydrops is traced to the beginning of the 17th century. Equally fascinating is the review of the history of kernicterus. It is sobering to read that some concepts of pathogenesis which seemed new when introduced in the past 10 years had been suggested in a

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