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Essential Neonatal Medicine provides a readily accessible and authoritative introduction to neonatal medicine for junior doctors and nurses written by internationally respected consultants in the UK and Australia.

This new edition has been totally revised and updated with the latest management techniques, updates on ethical and legal challenges and also includes new approaches to care such as kangaroo care, nesting, massage and nursery design.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The clear and attractive style and layout make it easy to read.” (Doody's Reviews, May 2009)


"Avid reading and enthusiastic reports as soon as this book arrived in our library bear testimony to its practical usefulness for students of basic and advanced midwifery." (Midwifery)

"This compact, 344 page volume could and should go everywhere with every neonatal practitioner...Essentials of Neonatal Medicine is indeed an essential addition to all neonatal libraries as well as individuals!" (Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 2000)

"For a book this size and cost, the scope of well-structured and clearly visual material is a major strength." (Luton & Dunstable Hospital Newsletter, June 2000)

"This is an excellent book that covers many aspects of neonatal medicine, from examination of a newborn through to procedures including resuscitation and lumbar puncture." (Sphincter - Liverpool Medical Students' Society journal)

"Clearly written with many tables and photographs, and a pharmacopoeia at the end. This is a useful text for trainees in pediatrics and neonatal nurses." (Journal of Endocrinology, vol.15, no.9)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405157100
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/9/2008
  • Series: Essentials Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Levene, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH, FMedSc, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Leeds General Infirmary, UK

David Tudehope, AM, MB BS, FRACP, Director of Neonatology, Mater Misericordiae Mothers' Hospital, South Brisbane, Australia

Sunil Sinha, MD PhD FRCP FRCPCH, Professor of Paediatrics & Neonatal Medicine, University of Durham & James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.


1 Perinatal Epidemiology and Audit.

2 Fetal Physiology, Assessment of Fetal Wellbeing and Adaptation to Extrauterine Life.

3 Neonatal depression at birth and Resuscitation of the Newborn.

4 Examination of the Newborn.

5 Birth Injury.

6 Infant Feeding and Nutrition.

7 Infection.

8 The Low Birthweight Infant.

9 Thermoregulation.

10 Respiratory Disorders.

11 Respiratory Physiology, Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation.

12 Apnoea, Bradycardia and Upper Airway Obstruction.

13 Jaundice.

14 Congenital Anomalies: Malformations and Deformations.

15 Genetics and Genetic Disorders.

16 Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders.

17 Disorders of the Cardiovascular System.

18 Haematological Disorders.

19 Neurological Disorders.

20 The Special Senses: Hearing and Vision.

21 Congenital Postural Deformities and Abnormalities of the Extremities.

22 Renal Disorders in the Newborn.

23 Gastrointestinal Disorders.

24 Skin Disorders.

25 Multiple Births.

26 Organization of Perinatal Services and Neonatal Transport.

27 Discharge and Follow-up of High-risk Infants.

28 Parent–Infant Attachment and Support for Parents Experiencing Perinatal Loss.

29 Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Critically Ill Newborn Infants Decision Making in the Care of the Newborn Infant.

30 Procedures.


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