Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (and Related Emergency Procedures in the Perinatal Center Special Care Nursery: Principles and Practice), edited by Harold Abramson, is a multiauthored book that originated as a report from a special committee on infant mortality of the New York Medical Society in 1956. This edition, like its predecessors, is more like a textbook on perinatal medicine than a book dealing with technical skills in the delivery room. The authors have attempted to give in-depth discussions of various pathophysiologic functions resulting in asphyxia of the fetus or newborn.
The editor explains in chapter 4 why so many topics are included in this book...."The intelligent application of specific measures of resuscitation to distressed newborn infants presupposes a basic knowledge of the causes of perinatal disability that result in respiratory, circulatory, nervous, genetic, biochemical and metabolic difficulties." This philosophy explains why there are chapters on obstetric care of