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Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn: Pathology, Radiology and Genetics

Michael A. Schmidt, MD, PhD
JAMA. 1991;265(2):282-283. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460020140046.
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This textbook contains four sections: first, an overview of general disease processes, and then a section for each of the title categories: pathology, radiology, and genetics.

Two chapters in the general disease section nicely address embryology, the neonatal period, and placenta with pathophysiology and morphological development adequately covered. Another chapter evaluates spontaneous abortion, recurrent fetal loss, and the malformed fetus. This chapter is excellent and provides a good review and approach for the obstetrician, pediatrician, pathologist, and geneticist. Evaluation of the fetus or tissue in pregnancy loss is a crucial examination, which is too often avoided or inadequately performed. It is unfortunate to discard or neglect the only potential source of explanation for a family of such a devastating event. Chapter four discusses congenital anomalies in a basic, general format, probably obviating its usefulness within this text.

"The Brain" initiates the section on pathology. Although such important associations as occipital


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