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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan W. Aucott, MD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Description: This is an extensive review of the issues related to pain in neonates. It covers a multifaceted approach from the anatomic and physiologic development of pain sensation to the environmental and ethical consequences. The first edition was published in 1993.
Purpose: The editors strive to provide a multidisciplinary approach by reviewing what is currently known about the science and practice of pain in neonates and to stimulate new directions for study. This consolidation of the multifaceted aspects of the topic provides a useful resource for understanding, evaluating, and treating pain in newborns. This textbook meets the objectives by providing a diverse and complete array of the complex issues.
Audience: The target audience is "physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and physical and behavioral therapists." The complexity of the material varies from chapter to chapter, with some heavily oriented in basic science and others more clinically oriented. The editors and contributors appear well versed on the subject.
Features: The unique feature is the complete coverage provided from many disciplines involved in understanding, assessing, and treating pain in neonates. Aspects ranging from the anatomic and physiologic development of pain sensation, to modalities of assessing pain, to the pharmacologic, behavioral and environmental treatment of pain are covered. This book also raises many questions in areas not yet well studied, including long- term effects of pain on development and the ethical implications for society.
Assessment: This is a uniquely comprehensive textbook on the subject of pain in neonates, and is an excellent resource for all healthcare professionals working with newborns. Large strides in the understanding and treatment of neonates have occurred, and this second edition thoroughly reviews these new advances.