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Latrogenic Disorders of the Fetus, Infant, and Child

David H. Baker, MD
JAMA. 1986;255(15):2088. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370150130049.
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E. George Kassner's book, Iatrogenic Disorders of the Fetus, Infant, and Child, volume 1, reflects a career-long interest in the result of physicians' actions on their patients. The definition developed here for iatrogenic is broad enough to cover all possible adverse effects of either diagnosis or treatment, both avoidable and unavoidable. This in itself is almost an impossible task, as there seems to be no end to the opportunities to do mischief to our patients. Dr Kassner has made a brave attempt.

The volume is divided into eight sections dealing with different organ systems and age groups. The fetus and infant are stressed.

The section on the fetus includes a good overview of maternal toxins, a historical review of interventional procedures (largely intrauterine transfusions), and a good discussion (with references) of fetal radiation exposure and its consequences. The section on birth trauma details the causes and complications of asphyxia at


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