The new, second edition of this volume is a very useful and well-written combination of practical information and advice, with brief summaries of relevant clinical and pathophysiological background information. With contributions by 14 authors, this book should be of most interest to students and practitioners involved directly or indirectly in the respiratory care of children. This edition includes three new chapters and incorporates much of the relevant new understanding, techniques, and equipment that have emerged in five years since the first edition was published.
Development of the cardiopulmonary systems, the pulmonary defense systems, and some nonmetabolic functions of the lung are concisely reviewed in the first two chapters. Some specific diseases and congenital defects that result from or cause abnormalities in these normal patterns are also presented. All the uniquely neonatal clinical, pathophysiological, and therapeutic relevant background information and aspects or respiratory care are contained in chapter 3. A valuable