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April 1958

Comparative Aspects of Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(4):457-458. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050461026

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An excellent book. Although the 148 pages of text are packed with facts, the author has managed to follow his whim "to express the material in the form of continuous prose without the aid of diagrams and figures." His prose makes fine reading.

The important groundwork which must be mastered to understand hemolytic disease is well and adequately set forth. The author threads his way skillfully through the various theories relating to the formation and nature of antibodies, to the genetics of the antigens, to kernicterus and in fact to all aspects of the problem, including treatment.

Of great interest is the summary of old medical writings, going back to 1609, when Louyse Bourgeois, midwife to Marie de Medici, wrote of the delivery of twins. One was stillborn and hydropic, while the other lived for a while and was jaundiced. Although through the years there are many references to all

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