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Vital Signs

New on the bookshelf: Recent releases by DMS faculty authors

Heading Home with your Newborn: From Birth to Reality. By Laura A. Jana, M.D.; and Jennifer Shu, M.D., instructor in pediatrics at DMS; American Academy of Pediatrics; 2005. This handbook is intended to help parents cope with the first few months of their baby's life, from feeding, diapering, and bathing to using car seats and traveling on planes. Combining medical information with practical advice (the authors are parents, too), its amusingly titled chapters include "Poop Happens," "Going with the Flow," and "Fever: Trial by Fire."

Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management. Edited by Donald A. Mahler, M.D., professor of medicine at DMS; and Denis E. O'Donnell, M.B.; Taylor & Francis; 2005 (second edition). This book, on relief of breathlessness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, covers the causes of dyspnea, dyspnea in asthma, the use of bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids, self-management strategies, and instruments available to measure the intensity of dyspnea.

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