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September 27, 1976

Perinatal Medicine

Author Affiliations

Brown University Providence, RI

JAMA. 1976;236(13):1512. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270140062033

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Here is a welcome addition to the growing list of textbooks on neonatology. Unlike most other multi-authored texts, this was written primarily by the two principal authors (19 of 25 chapters), with the additional contributions by specialists in neonatal radiology, surgery, pharmacology, cardiology, genetics, and medical ethics.

The chapters on administrative aspects in the organization of a neonatal intensive care unit, psychosocial problems in the care of a normal newborn, signs of neonatal illness, and medicolegal aspects of neonatalogy contain information useful to students and primary care physicians as well as neonatologists. On the other hand, there are deficiencies that could be remedied in future editions. For instance, a contribution by an obstetrician-perinatologist on the diagnosis and management of high-risk pregnancy would have enhanced the breadth and depth of the volume. A dermatologist familiar with the skin disorders in the neonate could also have made a desirable contribution. The bibliography