Although several texts provide extensive written descriptions 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. Atlas of the Newborn reflects his selection from the thousands of color slides in his collection, and 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 will never be able to diagnose it.
This third volume of the five-volume series encompasses three main topics: the head and neck, the eyes, and the central nervous system.
Chapter 1 of this volume focuses on the head and neck, and includes a singular collection depicting various abnormalities of skull shape and size, demonstrating how external forces during the birth process may mold the cranial vault. Facial cleft syndromes, including midline facial defects, cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial clefts, are graphically shown. In addition, abnormalities of the mouth, tongue, and ears are represented in outstanding photographs.
Chapter 2 concentrates on disorders of the eye, and is unique in its graphic representation of ophthalmalogic problems in the newborn. The importance of careful and systematic examination of the various components of the eye in the neonate is stressed, as often it is neglected.
Chapter 3 is dedicated to disorders of the central nervous system. In addition to pictorially representating many of the abnormalities that are noted to result from neonatal neurologic abnormalities, this chapter provides an extensive graphic description of the various forms of meningocele.
Volume III of Atlas of the Newborn will be extremely valuable to obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians and nurses involved in perinatal care, and also to clinical geneticists, surgeons, ophthalmologists and neurologists involved in the care of the newborn infant.
Abraham M. Rudolph, M.D.
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