Taeusch has joined Avery to edit the fifth edition of this text. Twenty-nine additional authors, many of whom are new since the publication of the fourth edition in 1977, have contributed one or more chapters in this revision. The general format and scope of the book remain as in previous editions, ie, a comprehensive systems approach to diseases of the newborn. In addition, sections on perinatology, general aspects of the newborn (the normal newborn, newborn screening, neonatal behavior, prematurity, etc), and neonatal pharmacology are included.
Several chapters in the sections on perinatology and general aspects of the newborn represent valuable new additions, including chapters on maternal conditions and exogenous influences that affect the fetus or newborn, the assessment of fetal risk in the third trimester, the normal newborn, newborn screening, and resuscitation. In the section on disorders of the respiratory system, concise and easily readable new chapters on persistent fetal