Assali and his associates present comprehensive, authoritative coverage of the mechanisms of influencing fetal adjustment to intrauterine life and the changes occurring at birth. They successfully penetrate much of the confusion regarding the fetus and neonate by answering questions which have long troubled investigators and clinicians. Skilled editing and significant concise knowledge produce an important up-to-date text, with eight well-written, highly specialized chapters on some 250 aspects of developmental biology. The bibliography contains 983 selected references. The many tables, figures, and pictures are of the highest quality.
In a dynamic comparative manner, Dr. Widdowson presents the latest concepts on the factors that control growth and the essential biochemical changes of the fetus and neonate which should help us understand the complex abnormalities of pregnancy. No doubt, current definitions of growth will need alteration. The important aspects of fetal and neonatal circulation are described, using sheep as test animals. Mathematical models