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March 1980

Histology of the Fetus and Newborn

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San Diego Zoo PO Box 551 San Diego, CA 92112

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(3):332. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130150086033

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For the pathologist, it is often difficult to interpret pathologic findings from infants because of the difference in the histologic structures that these immature organisms display. More difficult still is the assessment of the degree of maturity in premature infants or in stillborns. Such differential diagnosis may be critical for the correct interpretation of growth retardation and certain congenital anomalies. Although sporadic papers on certain aspects of the histologic development exist and the topic finds superficial treatment in some pathology texts, no comprehensive work exists to aid the pathologist in his task.

This, then, is a welcome addition to our libraries. From her vast experience with perinatal pathology, Dr Valdes-Dapena has carefully selected a plethora of relevant pictures to document the structure of all organs in the human infant. The book is divided into 14 organ systems and 34 chapters. Each chapter is introduced by a succinct embryologic history of

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