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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This 2-volume textbook is one of the three major references in the field of neonatology. The updated 7th edition continues the unified approach to neonatal care organized by organ system, a format that was started with the last edition published in 1997.
Purpose: The authors present a general textbook in neonatal-perinatal medicine based on fundamental pathophysiology and its application to safe interventions in neonatal care. The book includes elements of maternal care during pregnancy, fetal therapy, provisions for care and quality improvement in neonatal care as well as an organ system approach to neonatal diseases and therapy. As the premier book in its field, this book meets the authors' objectives of providing a comprehensive reference in the area of neonatology.
Audience: This is a standard general reference for all healthcare providers in neonatal care. Because of its depth and pathophysiologic base, it is aimed at practicing physicians, residents, or fellows rather than students or nurses.
Features: The major thrust of the book is an organ system approach to pathophysiology of disease and care interventions. However, the book also has excellent sections on the organization of neonatal medicine, the fetus, and pregnancy-related disorders. The sections on perinatal outreach programs, ethics, and quality improvement are unique and well done by some of the premier authorities in those areas.
Assessment: Of the three major general references in neonatology, this is the most complete and practical. The descriptions of the pathophysiologic basis of disease are more helpful and extensive than presented in other textbooks. The sections on perinatology, important to the understanding of the origins of neonatal pathology, are much more extensive than the other general references. The rapidly evolving field of neonatology warrants new editions of the reference every 5 to 6 years and this book has been well updated to meet the changing practice of this specialty.