Uwe Stave, editor PERINATAL PHYSIOLOGY New York: Plenum Medical Book Company, Second Edition, 1978, 1097 pp., $59.50
Previously published in two volumes, this second edition in a single volume provides an interdisciplinary approach to perinatal physiology. An international group of 47 contributors have provided chapters focusing on the biology of the fetus from late gestation through parturition and extrauterine adaptation to the establishment of an independent postnatal life. The work focuses principally on the fetus and newborn, with less emphasis on the interrelationship of maternal and fetal physiology.
The contents are divided into six major sections as follows: Growth and Physiologic Changes at Birth; Respiration, Circulation and Blood; Metabolism, Body Fluids and Renal Function; the Neuromuscular System, and the Endocrine System. Coverage in all sections is comprehensive. Although the publication date is 1978 and this is a new revision, some of the chapters make little reference to work after 1973.
This volume provides an in-depth resource on fetal and neonatal physiology for both students and faculty interested in the perinatal period. It provides an appropriate background for a consideration of disease processes in the newborn subject.