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April 1982

Neonatal Neurology

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University of Colorado Medical Center 4200 E Ninth Ave Denver, CO 80220

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(4):379. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970400097039

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Pediatricians will find this book disappointing. Although the preface directs it to busy pediatricians, this book is not for them. Much of it is irrelevant to them. In some instances the information—covered at great length—is already well known; in other areas, the material is overemphasized and inappropriately detailed. Nearly 20% of the book (71 pages) is devoted to neuroradiology. Many common and important problems are, in comparison, given too little space and attention: intraventricular hemorrhage (three pages), hypoxia (four pages in scattered areas), hypoglycemia (1½ pages), trauma (five pages), seizures (eight pages), and infections (ten pages).

The book is multiauthored, which caused problems with uniformity of style. Most of the chapters were written by Dr Coleman; the style is difficult. For example, the chapter on neurological assessment provides no detailed description of the traditional neurological examination: the author merely refers us to other sources. In contrast, great attention is given

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