Smith's recently revised book deals with both the fundamental and the practical aspects of physiology in the newly born infant. The significance of the subject matter to the practice of pediatrics cannot be overestimated. A thorough understanding of fetal physiology and the alterations that occur at the time of birth is essential for ideal management of clinical problems encountered by the physician during the critical first days of the baby's life.
The general subjects of respiration, circulation, the blood, digestion, body heat regulation, and all phases of metabolism in the newborn are discussed in separate chapters in a highly authoritative manner. Because of the special importance of the water and electrolyte exchanges during this period of life, the peculiarities of renal function in the infant are given careful consideration. With the renewed interest in congenital heart disorders, the chapter on circulation is particularly welcome.
A final chapter on neonatal endocrinology