This is a remarkable book. In the field of perinatal physiology scarcely a sparrow of information bearing upon the subject has fallen to the ground unnoticed by the authors. The tremendous literature on newborn physiology has been critically reviewed. Conflicting experimental studies have been compared and appraised and many apparent contradictions resolved. The contributors have drawn logical and fair conclusions from the reports of hundreds of animal experiments and scores of human clinical and laboratory studies. The result is an interpretive book that the practicing physician can read for the synthesis and clarification it brings to this physiologically bewildering period in the life of man. Yet, an unobtrusive documentation allows the scholar and the doubter free access to the source material.
More important for the practicing physician, this material has been presented to be read, understood, and knowledgeably applied in clinical situations. To this end, excellent expository writing has been