© 1991

Principles of Perinatal-Neonatal Metabolism

  • Richard M. Cowett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. General Principles of Metabolism

  3. Maternal Metabolism During Pregnancy

    1. Lois Jovanovic-Peterson, Charles M. Peterson
      Pages 149-162
    2. Satish C. Kalhan, Barbara G. Assel
      Pages 163-176
    3. Robert H. Knopp, M. Scott Magee, Bartolome Bonet, Diego Gomez-Coronado
      Pages 177-203
    4. Paul L. Ogburn Jr.
      Pages 204-227
    5. John V. G. A. Durnin
      Pages 228-236
    6. Marshall W. Carpenter, Stanley A. Sady
      Pages 237-249
  4. Fetal-Placental Metabolism

    1. William W. Hay Jr.
      Pages 250-275
    2. Edward A. Liechty, James A. Lemons
      Pages 276-290
    3. Robert E. Kimura
      Pages 291-303
    4. Lawrence D. Longo
      Pages 304-315
    5. Abraham M. Rudolph
      Pages 316-339
    6. E. Marelyn Wintour
      Pages 340-355

About this book


Over the last quarter century or so, specialization within obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics has resulted in the development of the disciplines of maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology, respectively. A primary focus of maternal-fetal medicine has been to understand the mechanism(s) of premature delivery and develop treatment modalities for improving the length of gestation. A primary focus of neonatology has been to under­ stand the causes of respiratory distress in the neonate. Success has resulted, not only in the lengthening of gestation, but an improved understanding of the causes and treatment of neonatal respiratory disease. With increasing success has come the necessity to under­ stand the metabolic principles of the parturient, the fetal/placenta unit, and the neonate. These principles are clearly very important from multiple aspects. Increased understand­ ing of metabolism of the pregnant woman would explain the aberrations occurring in normal and abnormal pregnancy and improve nutritional support for the parturient. A prime example of altered metabolism is the parturient with diabetes. Understanding metabolism ofthe fetal/placenta unit is necessary to increase the probability that the fetus will be born appropriate for size irrespective of the gestational age. The various compo­ nents of neonatal metabolism are important, not only for understanding the changes in physiology and biochemistry occurring in the developing neonate, but the principles by which nutritional support should be provided.


Neugeborenenerkrankung birth endocrinology fetus gynecology hormones newborn nutrition obstetrics pediatrics perinatale Medizin placenta pregnancy regulation sex

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard M. Cowett
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsBrown University Program in MedicineProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsWomen and Infants Hospital of Rhode IslandProvidenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Principles of Perinatal-Neonatal Metabolism
  • Editors Richard M. Cowett
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97499-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-0402-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-0400-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 774
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Obstetrics/Perinatology/Midwifery
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From reviews of the critically acclaimed first edition:
"an incredible amount of information...of utmost value not only to the basic investigator but also to the clinician." - JAMA

"a first-rate reference textbook that should be on the shelves of every institution that provides care for the pregnant women or her children" - NEJM

"I know of no other volume in which these important topics are integrated into a single text...I enthusiastically recommend it as a valuable reference to researchers, clinicians, fellows, and students." - TEM