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In the main this edition retains the format of the seventh edition. No new chapters have been added, but several have been revised and expanded. Major revision has been effected in the section on general factors in the care and evaluation of children, reflecting the improved evaluation of growth and development of children from the neonatal age onward. Another expanded topic is that of drug therapy, and a special section is devoted to hazards to the human embryo, fetus, and newborn. In addition, a separate section on prenatal disturbances has been expanded, particularly the subsections on defects of amino acid, carbohydrate, purine, and pyrimidine metabolism, where a number of defects and syndromes have been discovered or elucidated since the previous edition.
One minor disappointment is the relatively restricted scope of the section devoted to the newborn infant. The total presentation of the physiology, care, and diseases of the newborn—including the
Hart MC. Textbook of Pediatrics. JAMA. 1965;192(10):922. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230128039
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