The true scope of perinatal medicine, the study of human creation, is vast. No one book can encompass the psychological, physiological, and pathophysiological processes involved from conception through a successful neonatal period, but Drs Quilligan and Kretchmer have done for perinatal medicine what Mahler and Handel did for a different Creation: captured its spirit. They did not attempt to write a bible.
In Fetal and Maternal Medicine, Drs Quilligan and Kretchmer have gathered together edited contributions from noted authorities and produced a valuable resource book for nurses and physicians interested in perinatal medicine. The content of the book is divided into three sections: basic concepts, systemic problems, and specific diseases. The assignments are sometimes quite arbitrary: for example, the inclusion of "Pulmonary Surfactant and the Respiratory Distress Syndrome" under basic concepts. Nevertheless, the editors were able to maintain a clear focus on the mother, her problems as they affect her