Although several texts provide extensive written descriptions of disorders of the newborn infant, the senses of touch, hearing and, especially, sight, create the most lasting impressions. Over a period of almost five decades, my brother Jack Rudolph diligently recorded in pictorial form his vast experiences in physical examination of the newborn infant. The Atlas of the Newborn reflects his selection from the thousands of color slides in his collection, and it truly represents the "art of medicine" as applied to neonatology. A number of unusual or rare conditions are included in this atlas. I consider this fully justified because, if one has not seen or heard of a condition, one cannot diagnose it.
Genetic skeletal disorders include a large group of anomalies which may be associated with dwarfism of various types, and may result in forcal structural or functional disorders. The examples of these disorders shorn in this volume draws attention to their appearance in the neonate, thus permitting early recognition of these anomalies.
Patients with multiple congenital anomaly syndromes and chromosomal disorders present a real challenge to the clinician, and recognition is often particularly difficult in the neonatal period. Although many descriptions of the various syndromes have been published, few provide good graphic examples. It is of utmost importance that these multiple congenital anomaly syndromes and chromosomal disorders be recognized as early as possible, so that appropriate therapeutic options, prognosis and recurrence risks can be presented to the families. The high quality photographs of various manifestations to these disorders will be of tremendous assistance to the clinician in recognizing them in the neonatal period.
This volume will be extremely valuable, not only to obstetricians, neonatologists and nurses involved in the perinatal period, but also to orthopaedists and clinical geneticists.
Abraham M. Rudolph, M.D.
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