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Mixed Blessings: Intensive Care for Newborns

Joan E. Hodgman, MD
JAMA. 1987;257(18):2500. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390180118044.
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This important book by nonphysicians looks into an area usually closed to the public. In the last decade, newborn intensive care has become the third-highest income producer in the United States. More than 10% of all infants born spend some time in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU); for a few, the stay lasts weeks or months.

This book analyzes the organization of these units and considers the viewpoint of both the professionals who work in the units and the institution of which the unit is a part. The role of the social workers and psychologists in newborn care is not neglected. The authors consider the infant patient both as an integral part of the organization and as an individual. The parents' needs are explored thoroughly. One chapter compares national and international methods of newborn intensive care. The book


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