Interest in the cerebral vasculature of the neonate has steadily increased as the success of modern perinatal care decreases mortality and morbidity for infants of all birth weights. Physicians have increasingly realized that many newborns die of intracranial vascular accidents and that the morbidity of those who survive is frequently related to vascular lesions producing neurological damage. Indeed, nearly one half of infants born prior to 32 weeks' gestation have some degree of intracranial hemorrhage depicted on computerized axial tomographic scans. In this book, the authors focus on the two major mechanisms by which the brain is most frequently damaged in the newborn, hemorrhage and ischemia. These mechanisms are examined from multiple aspects in an effort to prepare the reader for what Dr G Avery calls in the introduction "... a new era in the intensive care of the brain of the small premature."
The authors are both qualified specialists, who