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This edition gives the reader an update concerning the modern care of newborns. Advancements in neonatal and perinatal medicine have led to the survival of many babies who formerly would have had dismal prognoses. This is particularly true of low-birth-weight, premature infants. The timing of a new edition, therefore, is appropriate. This edition has omitted the cumbersome chapters from the previous edition related to the organization, structure, and staff requirements of a surgical intensive care unit for newborns. The authors have added new and important chapters concerning fluid and electrolyte management, nutrition support, and prenatal diagnosis; sections describing diagnostic imaging techniques for the neonate and management of the very-low-birth weight infant, and an update on the appropriate use of antibiotics for infections in the newborn.
The book is somewhat unusual in that it limits its scope to conditions that mainly affect newborns, unlike most other pediatric surgical textbooks. Updated information