Although several texts provide extensive descriptions of the newborn infant, the senses of touch, hearing, and especially sight, create the most lasting impressions. Over a period of almost five decades, my brother Jack Rudolph diligently recorded, in pictorial form, his vast experiences in physical examination of the newborn infant. Atlas of the Newborn reflects his selection from the thousands of color slides in his collection. It truly represents the "art of medicine" as applied to neonatology. A number of unusual or rare conditions are included in this atlas. I consider this fully justified, because if one has not seen or heard of a condition, one will never be able to diagnose it.
This fifth volume of the five-volume series covers, in excellent detail, disorders of the car-diorespiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, disorders of endocrinology and metabolism, and nutritional disorders. In addition, hematology, jaundice, and oncology are clearly depicted in this volume.
The first chapter of this volume concentrates on disorders of the heart and lungs. It depicts the various factors which cause cyanosis in the neonate, and presents a magnificent collection of radiographs demonstrating specific features of lung disorders peculiar to the newborn infant. Also shown are disturbances of muscle function and bony chest development that may interfere with respiratory function.
The chapters dedicated to the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts graphically present both the clinical aspects and the radiological features of numerous congenital anomalies which may occur in these systems. Also included in this chapter are outstanding presentations of the various abnormalities that can affect the male and female genitalia, and ambiguous genitalia.
Although many of the nutritional, hormonal, and metabolic disorders of the newborn are diagnosed by analysis of blood samples, several present with clinical features which are excellently documented in this volume.
Volume V of Atlas of the Newborn will be extremely valuable to neonatologists, obstetricians, and nurses involved in perinatal care, and also valuable to pediatric pulmonologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, geneticists and surgeons involved in the care of the newborn infant.
Abraham M. Rudolph, M.D.
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