Rarely does a "must" medical textbook appear nowadays. But here is one which should be read by all physicians who are responsible for the newborn infant—obstetricians, pediatricians, and all practitioners who deliver and care for babies.
Progress in medicine has been measured by percentage decrease in mortality and morbidity of disease. Though we point with pride to the increased life-span of adults, the marked improvement in death rates for many diseases, and particularly the great drop in infant mortality in the last two generations, it is a constant source of anxiety and disappointment that newborns have been the least affected by medical progress and that neonatal mortality statistics have improved very little. An appreciable percentage of catastrophes to the newborn result from hematologic disorders. This small book presents them in clear and compact form. Since there has been, and there is, nothing like it on the market, and since this