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July 1981


Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(7):674. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130310076033

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Alistair Philip's dynamic personality is once again demonstrated by the fact that this second edition is being published only three years after the first edition, Neonatology: A Practical Guide, was issued. Though the preface to the second edition speaks of fairly substantive changes, these changes, in my mind, are perhaps not quite that. However, the excellence of the first edition allows the second one to be even better. The book is broken up into five major sections: common problems and their concepts, initial clinical observations and their assessment, a procedures section, a section of quizzes including photographic and multiple-choice questions, and finally an appendix. Liberally scattered throughout all sections are appropriate photographs. As with any practical guide, corners have sometimes been cut and rarer diseases given short shrift if mentioned at all. In toto, however, appropriate pathophysiology is presented when important diseases or conditions are discussed.

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