A former Chief Editor observed in this Journal that "when, from time to time, a comprehensive treatise is written covering a field where such a treatise was needed, a welcome note is always sounded when a second or subsequent edition erupts." It seems only a few years ago that there existed no more than a few books relating to the management of newborn infants. Within the past decade, numerous treatises have been developed to meet this need, some with greater success than others. Among the most successful and the most widely used has been the first edition of the present book, and, not surprisingly, the second edition is bigger and better than the first. This edition has 20% more pages; extensive revisions have been included; a new chapter on antenatal and intrapartum care has been added; and the number of contributors, editors, and commentators has been doubled.
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