The need for accurate information about the anatomy of the newborn infant led to the publication in 1968 of Dr. Crelin’s large and detailed atlas, the first of its kind. The present volume is a synopsis of that atlas. Professionals and paraprofessionals who deal with the newborn will find it a highly useful and convenient reference.
Since the newborn infant is not a miniature adult, those parts of the infant’s functional anatomy that differ most from the adult receive the greatest emphasis. Each structure is discussed in a separate section that includes, where pertinent, the time during prenatal development or after birth that the structure first appears and/or functions. Clinically important information such as pulse rate, blood pressure, blood cell counts, body temperature, and breathing rate is also included. The three full-page plates of the whole body have general clinical application since they make it possible to relate internal body parts to the surface of the body of the newborn infant.
This concise volume will be of great value to obstetricians, pediatricians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, family physicians, and nurses. The work is unique and represents Dr. Crelin’s twenty years of experience in teaching anatomy and as a consultant to the Newborn Special Care Unit of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center.