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From The CriticsReviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition (previous edition published in 2000) of an introduction to neonatal medicine by consultants from the United Kingdom and Australia. The clear and attractive style and layout make it easy to read.
Purpose: As an introduction to neonatology for medical students, residents in training, and nurses, the book attempts to summarize complicated management and the authors use their experience or best evidence to recommend treatments. In this edition Dr. Sunil Sinha has replaced the retired Dr. John Thearle. For the most part, the authors have met their goals, but this book may have limited usefulness in the U.S. because of the use of different protocols for neonatal care in the U.K. and Australia.
Audience: The book is aimed at trainees, junior doctors, and nurses in neonatal care. The authors are internationally known authorities in this field.
Features: The 30 chapters deal with all aspects of neonatal care. Some chapters deal exclusively with a common problem such as jaundice or apnea; others cover organ systems. The charts and diagrams are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Chapters on organization of perinatal care and procedures have limited applicability in the U.S. It is doubtful that U.S. junior doctors would be undertaking subdural and ventricular taps of neonates. Moreover, procedures such as resuscitation are conducted differently in the U.S. than in the U.K. Our approaches to the baby at the limit of viability are also different. For these reasons, the book would have limited usefulness in the U.S. system of physician education and care.
Assessment: This is a concise and well done introductory book on neonatology which is well suited to trainees in the U.K. and Australia. It is logical and easy to follow with superb illustrations, tables, diagrams, and practice point guidelines to highlight important aspects of bedside care. For U.S. readers, it would compare to handbooks such as Manual of Neonatal Care, 6th edition, Cloherty et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008), and Neonatology: Management, Procedures, On-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs, 5th edition, Gomella (McGraw-Hill, 2004), which are aimed at U.S. trainees or junior physicians.