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Manual of Neonatal Surgical Intensive Care, 2nd Edition

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Published by People’s Medical Publishing House



Publication date 2009

Edited by Anne Hansen, MD MPH and Mark Puder, MD PhD

Anne Hansen, MD, MPH is the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Mark Puder, MD, PhD is the Associate Professor of Surgery at the same institution. Harvard Medical School is a prestigious school and has turned out many excellent medical practitioners. They have sourced contributions from practitioners in Pediatrics, Neonatology, Anesthesiology, Surgery and many others.

The book is laid out in chapter form, and these chapters can be broken into roughly four sections – General considerations, including basic neonatal management, differential diagnosis and vascular access; The Fetus, which deals in the embryological basis of surgical problems; The main part of the book, which covers all of the commonly seen neonatal surgical problems, as well as some less common disorders; and the final chapters deal with associated topics such as Anaesthesia, Pain management and Health maintenance and discharge planning.

The content is arranged according to body systems, with each chapter dealing with a particular part of the body. Each chapter begins with an overview of the pertinent embryology and morphology, and a description of any symptoms that may be seen prenatally. Presenting symptoms are then discussed, along with diagnostic tests and differential diagnosis. This is followed by a description of the preoperative, surgical and postoperative management, possible complications, and outcomes. Each chapter ends with a reference section and some recommended readings.

There are many tables and illustrations, all of which are easy to follow and understand, with rationale given for treatments and medications.

I found this book well laid out and comprehensive without being too wordy. I would recommend it to colleagues as a useful guide to neonatal surgical management.While this book is designed primarily as a pocket reference for medical practitioners being a 646 page soft cover book just the right size to slip into the pocket of a lab coat, it will also be a useful reference for nursing staff who wish to extend their knowledge in this area.

Joan O'Sullivan

Senior Neonatal Nurse


New Zealand


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