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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: The authors have tried to make this atlas of neonatal brain anatomy and pathology clinically relevant to practitioners such as neonatologists and pediatric neurologists as well as radiologists. The first edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The focus is on the causes and neuropathological findings that underlie the changes seen in neuroimaging, with the main emphasis on sonography, although the authors use MRI to illustrate many of the anatomical sonographic findings. The excellent, high quality images and illustrations help nonradiologists understand the echo-anatomy and pathologic changes.
Audience: General radiologists, neonatologists, and pediatric neurologists are the intended audience. Because it is written at such a high level, the book probably will not be practical for students or general pediatric residents. The authors are well-known authorities in this field.
Features: The book reviews normal anatomy and congenital and antenatal brain injury as well as acquired brain damage, such as fetopathy, hemorrhage, asphyxia, stroke, preterm white matter injury, and other miscellaneous abnormalities. The presentations are highlighted with superb quality images and very clear line drawings of the anatomy. References have been updated from the first edition and are quite current. Since the authors indicate that the book is aimed at practicing clinicians, it may have benefitted from a clinician coauthor (neonatologist or pediatric neurologist). Much of the neuroscience and biochemistry in the clinical sections would be enhanced by actual patient correlation illustrating abnormal physical and laboratory findings.
Assessment: This is a superb book with wonderful illustrations and is probably the most comprehensive text on neonatal cranial sonography. It is less clinically oriented than Neonatal Cerebral Investigation, Rennie et al. (Cambridge University Press, 2008), but that book reviews all brain imaging modalities and is less comprehensive in the area of sonography. This second edition is a welcome update and will become a well-used reference because of the high quality of its imaging.