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February 1959

Physiology and Pathology of the Newborn

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(2):249. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010251016

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This is a rather comprehensive textbook dealing with problems of the newborn, the first half of which is devoted to the physiology of the newborn and to the presentation of normal findings. Many tables set forth normal values in the premature and newborn—blood cell counts and chemistries, urinary flow and chemical content of urine, respiratory coefficient, survival of prematures related to method of feeding, body temperature, etc. A lengthy and detailed chapter is devoted to the hospital management of the full-term and premature infant.

The latter portion of the book presents the pathology of the newborn—congenital and acquired—and is discussed system by system.

There are many and satisfactory illustrations. The paper is of better than average quality for a Soviet text. The bibliography has almost one thousand references—all but fifteen of which are in the Soviet literature.

This is obviously a very valuable book for Soviet pediatricians. In the United

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