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Reflections on Errors in Neonatology: I. The “Hands-Off” Years, 1920 to 1950

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This series discusses errors in neonatology since the 1920s. Three historical periods are defined: the “Hands-Off” years, 1920 to 1950; the “Heroic” years, 1950 to 1970; and the “Experienced” years, 1970 to 2000. In this article, the “Hands-Off” years, we discuss lowered thermal environment, supplemental oxygen, initial thirsting and starving, synthetic vitamin K, SMA formula, and diaper markings.

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The author is grateful for the helpful comments and suggestions of W.A. Silverman and Jeffrey P. Baker, and for the extensive grammatical review by Alex F. Robertson IV.

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Robertson, A. Reflections on Errors in Neonatology: I. The “Hands-Off” Years, 1920 to 1950. J Perinatol 23, 48–55 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.jp.7210842

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