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September 1982

Amniotic Fluid and Its Clinical Significance

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, C-019 University of California San Diego, CA 92093

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(9):867. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970450109033

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As medical books go these days, this is a comparatively small book of slightly more than 300 pages, including the index. The authors of the book's articles are almost entirely from the United Kingdom, except for one article from West Germany and only one article from the United States by Dr John Queenan. Nearly every chapter of the book is comprehensive in the topic that it covers, including biochemistry of amniotic fluid, amniocentesis, cell cytology and cytogenetics (which forms the largest chapter in the book), ultrasound, neural tube screening, fetal pulmonary maturity, distribution, Rh and other blood group immunization problems, and the prenatal diagnosis of inherited metabolic disorders. There are other chapters also.

About 25% of the book is dedicated to amniotic fluid cytology and cytogenetics that is very well done. Most articles have a large reference list, including most of what is important, and this is enough to make

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