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May 1972

Management of High-Risk Pregnancy and Intensive Care of the Neonate

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Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(5):519. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110110147023

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What is perinatology? Is the definition satisfied by this book which describes problems of the perinatal period as viewed by an obstetrician in the first half and then describes the same problems through the eyes of a pediatrician in the second half? For example, the evaluation of fetal growth and fetal age is first encountered in the obstetric section. The pediatric presentation of the same problem, with the same chart, reappears 75 pages later. Although this may be the most complete discussion in the book the statement in the obstetric chapter with cross-reference to the pediatric chapter does not satisfactorily fulfill any definition of perinatology. Those concerned about the modern newborn nursery also recognize the need to break down the barriers which arbitrarily separate the members of the health team caring for the infant through the perinatal period. If this is in fact a realistic goal then the goal is

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