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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Harley Ginsberg, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This small, soft cover manual provides an approach to prenatal, neonatal and post-discharge problems which may be encountered in the term and near-term newborn.
Purpose: The author refers to the book as "a short text to introduce the management of the well, full-term or almost full-term newborn who is in the well baby nursery." The main objective is to provide an organized approach to routine neonatal difficulties and this goal is clearly accomplished.
Audience: While the author has no intended audience per se, this publication could serve as a quick resource for medical students, pediatric and family practice house staff, and newborn nursery nurses. The section authors include residents of obstetrics and pediatrics in addition to assistant and associate professors in pediatrics.
Features: The manual delivers a substantial amount of its information by way of algorithms and tables. Very few photographs of disease states are included. This is not an atlas and should not be purchased if this is what the practitioner has in mind. The book is very well organized into four parts. The book progresses chronologically from the prenatal visit to problems related to delivery and during the hospital stay. The manual concludes with "After Discharge." The final chapter of this book, "Talking to Parents," is particularly valuable and should probably be presented much earlier in the publication. It is disappointing, however, that there is no encouragement of newborn attendees to become certified in resuscitation though the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. The appendixes include a valuable section on breast feeding, but sections on laboratory values and formulary are better addressed by other publications specifically designed for these intentions. The index provides rapid and complete access for the reader.
Assessment: This manual will serve its limited audience well, and will allow problems to be addressed quickly. If the reader desires more detail, however, such publications as Care of the Newborn: A Handbook for Primary Care by Hertz (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005) addresses many of these issues in more detail with many more photographs, though it will not fit in a coat pocket like this manual will.