Failure of the newly-born infant to initiate or maintain respiration is justly considered an emergency of the gravest importance, because it is a time when appropriate medical intervention may be life-saving. Many advances have been made in understanding the etiology, physiology, and biochemistry of "asphyxia neonatorum." Despite their clinical implications, these observations have not always been readily available to physicians caring for the asphyxiated newborn infant. The first edition of this book served to bridge the gap between investigator and clinician. In that it succeeded in filling this need it was enthusiastically received.
The second edition has many additions and revisions. Even on superficial examination many changes are apparent. The list of authors has been altered by the addition of a number of prominent contributors, the references at the end of each chapter are more numerous and often surprisingly current, the number of pages has been increased by 50%,