It is of interest to review the trend in books about the newborn and perinatal areas. Not long ago there were only three major texts: The Physiology of the Newborn Infant, by Dr Clement A. Smith; The Management of the Newborn, by Dr Arthur Parmalee; and The Premature Infant by Dr Beryl Corner. Later Schaffer added Diseases of the Newborn. These texts had in common one major characteristic: each was written by a single author. Today we are in the midst of a veritable avalanche of multi-authored books on the newborn and perinatal medicine.
Multi-authored books seem to be developed along two lines. One is as a standard textbook in which the editor (or editors) lays out a plan and recruits a number of authors who write chapters that may overlap or have no interrelationship and who write in a variety of styles. Frequently, they are not objective and some