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May 1, 1991

The Unborn Patient: Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn

New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1991;265(17):2261. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460170115047

The second edition of The Unborn Patient is, as indicated in the preface, an outgrowth of the first edition. The first edition was a monograph based primarily on the personal experiences of those working at one of the most active centers of experimental fetal treatment. The second edition is intended to be more comprehensive and generally succeeds.

The volume is divided into four slightly artificial parts. The first, "The Fetus as Patient," includes a valuable overview of the field by Harrison, as well as chapters on ethical, legal, and economic considerations. The remaining three parts, "Fetal Diagnosis," "Fetal Treatment," and "Fetal Diseases and Their Management," contain chapters similar to those found in several current texts, but this is not just another text-book of fetal diagnosis, for several reasons.

It is inevitable that the lag time between writing and publishing makes some information obsolete, but this is rarely significant in this