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Essential Neonatal Medicine, 5th Edition

Sunil Sinha, Lawrence Miall, Luke Jardine

ISBN: 978-1-118-28648-7 June 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 400 Pages


Essential Neonatal Medicine combines the depth and breadth of a textbook with the clarity and efficiency of a learning consolidator. Providing a solid reference for trainee doctors, neonatal nurses and midwives, this full colour edition has been extensively updated with a range of new illustrations, clinical tips, cross-references to Wiley title Nursing the Neonate (2010, 9781405149747), and end-of-chapter summaries for quick study or revision.

Essential Neonatal Medicine is ideal for all trainee health professionals experiencing neonatology for the first time and looking for a readable and comprehensive resource to support them. It is now accompanied by the enhanced Wiley Desktop Edition (the interactive digital version of the book featuring downloadable text and images, highlighting and note-taking facilities, book-marking, cross-referencing, in-text searching, and linking to references and glossary terms), and a companion website at featuring figures from the book to download in PowerPoint, further reading, and self-test questions for each chapter.

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Preface to the fifth edition vi

Acknowledgements vi

Preface to the first edition vii

Abbreviations viii

How to get the best out of your textbook x

1 Fetal well-being and adaptation at birth 1

2 Perinatal epidemiology and audit 14

3 Multiple births 18

4 Neonatal consequences of maternal conditions 24

5 Resuscitation at birth 33

6 Examination of the newborn 47

7 Birth injury 69

8 Genetic disorders 78

9 Infant feeding and nutrition 89

10 Infection 108

11 The extreme preterm infant 125

12 The low-birthweight infant 137

13 Respiratory disorders 145

14 Apnoea, bradycardia and upper airway obstruction 163

15 Respiratory physiology and respiratory support 173

16 Cardiovascular disorders 188

17 Gastrointestinal and abdominal disorders 210

18 Renal disorders 227

19 Jaundice 238

20 Haematological disorders 252

21 Endocrine and metabolic disorders 266

22 Neurological disorders 287

23 Neurodevelopmental follow-up and assessment of hearing and vision 311

24 Developmental care and the neonatal environment 319

25 Organization of perinatal services and neonatal transport 330

26 Discharge and follow-up of high-risk infants 339

27 Parent–infant attachment and support for parents of critically ill infants 349

28 Ethical issues and decision-making process in the treatment of critically ill newborn infants 356

29 Practical procedures 362

Index 377

Companion website

This book has a companion website at:


• Figures from the book in PowerPoint format

• Interactive self-assessment questions and answers

• Further reading list

  • Clinical tip boxes
  • Opening and closing chapter summaries
  • Cross-referencing with Wiley title Nursing the Neonate
  • New material on neonatal consequences of maternal disease, congenital abnormalities, extreme preterm births and small for gestational age infants
  • New chapter on developmental care and environment, containing more topics of relevance to nurses
Essential Neonatal Medicine Companion Website  features figures from the book to download in PowerPoint, further reading, and self-test questions for each chapter.

Comprehensive without being overwhelming, this book provides an accessible and indispensible introduction to neonatal medicine for junior doctors, nurses and midwives.

Key features include:

  • Depth of a textbook plus relevance of a revision guide; comprehensive yet concise
  • Provides in-depth overview for all trainee medical professionals experiencing neonatology for the first time
  • Contains new chapter on developmental care and environment
  • Now in full colour