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An astoundingly lyrical introduction of "Spitzer's Laws of Neonatology" written by none other than the great neonatal-web pioneer Ray Duncan resonates like this:

“Spitzer's Laws have been handed down to us from the very dawn of Neonatology, or perhaps one should say from the meconium-stained birth of our fine specialty. In those days, men were men, women were women, giants walked the earth, computers were the size of moving vans, and neonatology fellows were on call every other night but still found time for basic research on prostaglandins in fetal sheep. The subtler interpretations and corollaries of these laws have been lost in the mists of time, but they still contain useful kernels of truth for the post-modern pediatric house officer”.


This link culminates with a fascinating communication by Spitzer himself dated back to January 18, 1997.

And of course here goes the so called tongue-in-cheek study Tony Ryan as well: https://www.nature.com/articles/jp2013103

ending up with the famous Oscar Wilde quote: ‘Experience is merely the name men give to their mistakes’.

Courtesy: Alan Spitzer, Ray Duncan, Keith J. Barrington.

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