This manual is a helpful addition to the growing number of handbooks addressing primary care of neonates. It is an updated version of a compendium originally developed for use in the Boston Hospital for Women, Beth Israel Hospital, and Childrens Hospital Medical Center. The manual reflects the recommended care by those institutions and, as such, presents one approach to many problems where several approaches are possible. However, in only a few instances does equipment or material specific to their institutions limit the discussion, notably in the short but clear discussion on the Baby Bird Ventilator or in the excellent chapter on nutrition where stock intravenous solutions are specific to the hospital. Though the manual may reflect a single approach, one can make a good case that at least by following their example one would be emulating respected care givers.
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