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August 1, 1977

Medical Care of the Sick Newborn

JAMA. 1977;238(5):429. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280050069033

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The second edition of the Medical Care of the Sick Newborn is a lucid, up-to-date, yet manageable volume devoted, in actuality, to the perinatal period. Drs Pierog and Ferrara present us with guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of the newborn infant. This is not an exhaustive textbook; rather, it is, as intended, a stimulus for further literary and medical research in the field of neonatology. The book is divided into three segments. Part 1 delineates the organization of a newborn service. Included in this section is an objective overview of the transport of the high-risk neonate, as well as a timely chapter on auditing and evaluating neonatal services. Part 2 is devoted to the care of the normal as well as the ill neonate. The sections devoted to abnormal signs and symptoms such as respiratory distress, cyanosis, and jaundice, presented mainly in outline form, are outstanding. Part 3 includes