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May 15, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(7):33-48. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120200011003

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Clinical Developments In `Neonatology'  Experimental clinical procedures aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality among premature newborns drew the attention of pediatric researchers in Atlantic City recently.

  • Exposure to light may prevent the development of hyperbilirubinemia, reported University of Vermont clinicians.

  • Immediate postnatal epinephrine should be given infants of diabetic mothers, Western Reserve clinicians recommended.

  • A simple alarm to signal apneic episodes appears a practical nursery safety device, said a Stanford team.

  • Serial urine samples could be used to signal infection at its asymptomatic stage, a California study suggests.

Although all projects are in the "pilot stage," they may eventually become part of a growing clinical subspecialty concerned with the high-risk infant—"neonatology." A joint session of the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research was devoted to the problem.Clinicians in England and South America have used phototherapy in the treatment of neonatal jaundice since