The new second edition of Dr. Dunham's book is to the first edition as a term baby is to a premature. It is grown-up and full-sized. From a paper-bound pamphlet, this fine text on all phases of the premature baby has grown into a hard-covered, well-printed reference book of some 457 pages.
The general organization of material in the book is similar to the previous edition, being divided into three sections: general considerations, clinical considerations, and public health aspects. However, each section has been enlarged, brought up to date, and made more readable.
In the first section recent data have been included on mortality, growth and development, and the prognosis for premature infants. Of particular interest are the data pertaining to the Hess long-term follow-up on a group of small babies, and the recent interest in the emotional reaction of the premature. The effects of long hospitalization are mentioned.