This second edition updates a text originally published in 1969, which described the problems seen at the pioneering Liverpool (England) Neonatal Surgical Centre and the methods of management used in that unit. The present volume also includes the experience of the University Children's Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, to which Professor Rickham moved in 1971. The formats of the two editions are quite similar.
The stated purpose of the volume is "to provide an up-to-date text and reference book for all those concerned in the management of the newborn." The senior authors surely have the credentials to provide this, based on experience that dates back to before the establishment of their first regionalized neonatal surgical unit at Liverpool in 1953. They have also included 20 other contributors from the staffs of the Royal Liverpool, Alder Hey, and the University of Zurich children's hospitals.
The book is organized into eight major sections. The