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April 1956

Congenital Malformations and Birth Injuries: A Handbook on Nursing.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(4):414-415. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020416021

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A handbook on nursing of congenitally deformed and birth-injured children is a timely contribution, since the mortality of defective children has been reduced in recent years by surgical and hygienic measures and many children are kept alive who previously would have died soon after birth. Such children require special nursing care as well as psychological and social integration into their environment. This small book offers an intelligent and understanding introduction to the field. Two general chapters deal with basic questions of the origin and incidence of malformations and with nursing responsibilities. Special chapters are devoted to orthopedic problems, such as congenital torticollis, dislocation of the hip, and club foot. Malformations of the heart, of the gastrointestinal tract, and of the urogenital system and defects of the eye and of the ear are also discussed. A guide for nursing observation of infants and children is added, and the responsibilities of the

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