This is a short monograph in which the author defines asphyxia of the newborn, stresses its importance as a delivery-room emergency, classifies and discusses the chief etiologic factors, and outlines the principles of resuscitation.
Nothing new is presented, some questionable and poorly substantiated statements are made, and there will be understandable disagreement with some of the author's rarther arbitrary statements about treatment. Also, it is not particularly well written. Nevertheless, the booklet has real merit, chiefly because the author's enthusiasm and earnestness are contagious and should inspire those who read it to greater zeal and interest in this serious problem. It is a subject that is in great need of study and clarification, and this monograph is a creditable attempt at such clarification.