NEONATAL PULMONARY CARE 2ND EDITION D.W Thibeault and G.A. Gregory [eds) East Norwalk. Appieton-Century-Crofts, 1986. 736 pp. $69.95.
This is a truly outstanding textbook. Each of the 28 chapters is authoritative and well-written, with numerous illustrations and a bibliography current through 1984. A balance between basic science information and clinical application is achieved throughout the book. Much of the text can be used as a "howto" manual, but abundant background is provided so chat mechanisms of action are clear. Comments of four investigators provide still further context, highlight controversies and uncertainties, and depict their own experiences and insights. The chapters on radiology and ventilatory care are "mini-texts" in themselves. The glossary of abbreviations found at the start of each chapter prevents the confusion that is otherwise almost inevitable in this field. Abundant cross reference reduces duplication, although some repetition is inevitable.
This book will be welcomed by neonatologists and pulmonologists from Fellowship level on as the "referenee source" the editors intend in their preface. For students, residents, and physicians in other areas it can be read selectively for an in depth understanding of a specific problem. Future editions will be needed because of the rapid rate of change in this subspecialty. In the meantime, the editors, commentators, and authors can take pride in their tine work.