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February 15, 1980

Perinatal Medicine

JAMA. 1980;243(7):689-690. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300330047035

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These two volumes represent the efforts of 48 Hungarian physicians and scientists to present a comprehensive review of perinatal medicine and to include references from the world literature.

Volume 1 (512 pages) presents normal and complicated pregnancy, prenatal care, genetics, embryology, teratology, and intrauterine and intrapartum diagnoses. The chapters on embryology and teratogenesis are comprehensive and exceptionally well written. Several chapters on genetics are scattered throughout this volume and would be better presented in sequence. Unbalanced emphasis exists, with an entire chapter devoted to the fetal development of enzymatic activity, while premature rupture of the membranes is dismissed in two paragraphs, postmaturity in five, and meconium aspiration and group B streptococcal infections are omitted entirely. Recommendations for the management of diabetic and Rhsensitized pregnancies are outdated and do not reflect current practices in perinatal centers in this country. Such recommendations as heparin and hypertonic glucose in intrauterine growth retardation, saline