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Textbook of Neonatology

Robert T. Brouillette, MD
JAMA. 1987;258(2):269-270. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400020111047.
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There are currently two comprehensive, multiauthored textbooks of neonatology: Avery's Neonatology: Pathophysiology and Management of the Newborn, third edition, 1987, and Fanaroff and Martin's Behrman's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, third edition, 1983. Is another multiauthored text needed? Roberton does not answer this question in his preface, simply stating that "Most of us probably still need a standard reference tome for our everyday clinical practice." In fact, the three volumes are similar in scope, covering most common problems of newborn infants.

The Roberton volume is somewhat shorter than the other two volumes. Roberton devotes considerably less space (61 pages) to obstetric and fetal topics than Behrman's (133 pages) or Avery (179 pages). Likewise, the treatment of congenital heart diseases is much shorter: 43 pages vs 96 pages in Behrman's. Behrman's chapter on cardiology has 59 figures vs only nine in Roberton's tome. Looking at two cutting-edge topics, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and extracorporeal


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