On the dividing line between antenatal and postnatal pathology lies neonatal pathology, a sort of unexplored territory, a "No Man's Land," liable, however, to incursions from both sides, those of the weaker kind coming over the antenatal boundary. Between the surgical injuries and maladies of the life that is after birth and the diseases and deformities of the fetus and embryo are situated the morbid conditions of the new-born infant, conditions which interest both the pediatrist and the obstetrician. Investigation of them has indeed gone on from both the padiatric and obstetric standpoint, but with more activity it has seemed from the former than from the latter. Nevertheless, it is well to bear in mind that the maladies of the new-born have relations not only with the diseases which occur later but also with the pathologic states which have happened earlier in life. Just as neonatal life is the link
BALLANTYNE JW. THE ANTENATAL AND INTRANATAL FACTORS IN NEONATAL PATHOLOGY: AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE PECULIARITIES OF THE MORBID STATES OF THE NEW-BORN.. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(21):1245–1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450730001001
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