Clinical Perinatology is one of the rapidly growing number of publications in this new field. It serves neither as an introductory text nor as a comprehensive reference book. Rather it is a compilation of 15 chapters, each by a different author, on selected aspects of perinatal care. I found the chapters to vary tremendously in terms of interest, style, and especially with regard to the depth in which subjects are discussed. Fortunately, several of the chapters are "gems" and any pediatrician or obstetrician practicing perinatology would do very well to read them for a clear, concise, and well-referenced review of maternal, fetal, and neonatal physiology and pathophysiology. Three in particular stand out.
The first is "Physiology and Pathophysiology of Maternal Adjustments to Pregnancy," by Charles R. Brinkman III, who is associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California at Los Angeles. This superb review covers relevant aspects