Reviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a "how-to" neonatal guide aimed at residents and learners in the neonatal intensive care setting, derived from a handbook originally designed for practitioners at NorthShore University Health System, a teaching affiliate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Using primarily a bullet-point format, it provides guidance on medical management of common neonatal problems as well as technical details of procedures and some basic physiology and pathology.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the editors, is to provide "a balance of the 'why' and 'what' in neonatal practice." The book is essentially a primer on neonatal intensive care and it is easy to read in large chunks as chapters, or to search for a particular topic of interest. Because of the format, there are no in-depth discussions of topics or multiple approaches to problems. The book is suited to guide learners in the neonatal intensive care setting and meets the editors' objectives.
Audience: The audience is learners and young practitioners in the NICU. It is especially suitable for students and residents. It will have less appeal to seasoned practitioners and those wanting to explore neonatal topics in a more in-depth way. The editors and contributors are all practicing physicians and credible authorities.
Features: The 500 pages of the book are divided into 74 short chapters. Although it primarily presents the material in bullet-point format, the book uses a paragraph format when needed. It is organized like any standard neonatal book, with sections on topics such as infection, gastroenterology, hematology, etc. There is also a section on procedures and some brief chapters on transport, discharge planning, etc. The best aspect of the book is its direct approach using bullet points to quickly review a topic. There are tables, figures, and x-rays as needed and the reproduction is fairly good (except for the blurred neonatal resuscitation algorithm).
Assessment: This book joins a plethora of other neonatal books and may find a unique place due to its direct guidelines approach. It joins other handbooks such as Neonatology: Management, Procedures, On-Call Problems, Diseases, and Drugs, 7th edition, Gomella et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2013), Cloherty and Stark's Manual of Neonatal Care, 8th edition, Eichenwald et al. (Wolters Kluwer, 2017), and The Michigan Manual of Neonatal Intensive Care, 3rd edition, Donn (Elsevier, 2003, now out of print), but is probably most like Merenstein and Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care, 8th edition, Gardner et al. (Elsevier, 2016), a softcover guide to neonatal care. Students, residents, and young practitioners in the NICU will find this new guide easy to read and very helpful.