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September 1946

The Physiology of the Newborn Infant.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;72(3):360-361. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020320111014

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Dr. Clement Smith was Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne University College of Medicine and Medical Director of the Children's Hospital of Michigan. His book reflects his wide reading, deep study and excellent clinical experience. As is essential in a study of the newborn, the physiology of the fetus is also thoroughly covered.

In addition to the usual chapters on respiration, circulation, the digestive system and the blood, which are fully covered and well presented, the author has delved deep into all aspects of metabolism, including heat regulation, assimilation and metabolism as related to specific food substances, vitamins and minerals, the regulation of electrolytes and water and the function of the endocrine glands as they affect nutrition and growth. Renal physiology is unusually well discussed, and an interesting chapter on neonatal immunity completes the book.

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