MacDonalds Atlas Of Procedures In Neonatology 6th is available in all international medical book markets with recently updated Guidlines for Maternal anD Neonatal protocols
In the United Kingdom, where I completed my training in pediatrics in the early 1970s, pediatrics was not officially accredited as a medical specialty worthy of equal status with surgery and internal medicine until 1996, when the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) received its Royal Charter. Neonatology subsequently emerged from the shadows as a key subspecialty of pediatrics, and academic neonatologists in the United Kingdom can now become freestanding professors of neonatology.
I received my training in neonatology in the United States, where the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was founded in 1930. Despite this head start, neonatology was not formally accredited as a pediatric subspecialty by the AAP until 1975. The first Sub-Board examination in NeonatalPerinatal Medicine was offered in the same year. Of course, in both countries, those interested in neonatal medicine had been building a substantial core curriculum and body of research for decades prior to subspecialty accreditation. Subsequent advances provided the opportunity for more vigorous physiologic support and monitoring during procedures, but also new side effects and potential complications.
Published in 1983, the first edition of the “MacDonalds Atlas Of Procedures In Neonatology 6th” was born out of the recognition that the body of procedures playing a critical role in neonatal intensive care was growing rapidly and that the neonatology trainee too frequently learned how to perform these procedures by observing a more senior trainee who had learned the same way. The literature on performance, complications, and outcome of individual procedures was widely scattered
difficult to access, and often deficient in anatomic detail and patient numbers.
The “Atlas” was designed to meet the need for a comprehensive resource providing a step-by-step evidencebased approach to each procedure, with emphasis on anatomy, physiology, and prevention of complications. When germane, alternative methodology and discussion of controversial points were also included. Over the years it has been truly gratifying to witness the evolution of this book into a trusted and frequently dog-eared reference found in neonatal intensive care units all over the world.