Obstetrics: A Cold Bath for Baby

To the vast majority of obstetricians it has always seemed not only sound medical practice but also plain common sense to keep a newborn baby warm—especially if it has difficulty beginning to breathe. In such cases, doctors have a standard treatment: with the baby held head down, they suck fluids out of his nose, mouth, throat and bronchi, and give oxygen. If after five minutes the baby still does not breathe, they may try artificial respiration or give more oxygen. But with the baby kept warm.

To Anatomist James A. Miller Jr. this...

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