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June 18, 1982

The Neurological Assessment of the Preterm and Full-Term Newborn Infant

Author Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh


by Lilly Dubowitz and Victor Dubowitz (Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 79, Spastics International Medical Publications), 103 pp, with illus, $25, London, William Heinemann Medical Books; Philadelphia, JB Lippincott Co, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(23):3268. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320480074036

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This book is a well-written, concise but thorough, up-to-date summary of the methods of the neurological and developmental examination in the preterm and full-term neonate. The methods are organized in a practical fashion, and it is clear that the authors have spent a great deal of time in a functioning neonatal unit practicing their techniques. They have pared the examination down to its essentials and explain well the purpose of all the parts. They also explain why they have omitted previously standard portions of the examination.

Each element of the examination is elucidated by text, illustrations, and pictures. Care has been taken to appose pictures and illustrations closely with their corresponding text, thereby optimizing readability and understanding. Both technique for eliciting responses and variations in expected responses are explained in depth. Allowance is made for the unusual or idiosyncratic response.

The authors stress the influence of the state of the