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April 2, 1982

Assisted Ventilation of the Neonate

JAMA. 1982;247(13):1880. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320380072047

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The Lung and Its Disorders in the Newborn Infant, by Mary Ellen Avery, Barry D. Fletcher, and Roberta G. Williams (Major Probl Clin Pediatr, vol 1, Alexander J. Schaffer and Milton Markowitz, eds), ed 4; 367 pp, 244 illus, $36, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1981.

The authors of Assisted Ventilation of the Neonate and their colleagues have taken up the difficult task of writing a book on ventilatory assistance to neonates with respiratory tract failure. The result is not entirely satisfactory. To its credit, the book covers almost every possible aspect of respiratory care. An initial chapter on physiological principles is followed by others dealing with various aspects of ventilatory care in infants. The authors discuss the use of positive and negative pressure ventilation at length. Cardiovascular management is discussed in relation to its pulmonary implications, and the final chapters cover intraoperative management and the surgical management of the airway.