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From The CriticsReviewer: Janet H. Murphy, MB, ChB (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: Newborn care is a broad field encompassing many diseases and problems. This book provides a quick, comprehensive reference manual, and is a valuable tool for house staff in the intimidating environment of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Each clinical problem is approached concisely with guidelines for evaluation. Descriptions of procedures are clear and succinct.
Purpose: This handbook is intended for use as a quick reference for problem assessment and evaluation in the neonate. It provides a clear, concise outline of procedures. The objective is worthy, and such manuals are necessary in the nursery or NICU.
Audience: This book is intended for house staff in pediatrics, family practice, obstetrics, and anesthesiology, and also will appeal to a broader audience of neonatal nurse practitioners, community pediatricians, and family physicians involved in the care of sick newborns. This is a useful adjunct to individual hospital nursery policy and procedure manuals. It maintains a competitive position on a bookshelf that is crowded with many published handbooks of neonatal intensive care.
Features: The handbook is divided into two sections, but there is some overlap between these sections. There are few drawings, but many useful tables are included throughout the text. The print type is of necessity small but clear, though it may provide some difficulty for those with aging vision. Some sections lack any suggested source for further reading. The formulary contains some dosages and drugs which should be compared and cross checked with other sources as well as the user's own hospital formulary.
Assessment: This is a truly handy, comprehensive reference manual in neonatal care that will have a valuable place in the NICU.