In 1969, Peter Paul Rickham and Herbert Johnston published the first edition of Neonatal Surgery from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool which for many paediatric surgeons was considered to be one of the leading textbooks in the world dedicated to newborn surgery. The huge success of the first edition was followed with further editions of this landmark textbook published in 1978 and 1990. Peter Paul Rickham is credited with establishment of the world’s first neonatal surgical unit at Alder Hey in 1953 co-founded together with Isabella Forshall. Indeed, it is perhaps then no great surprise that several generations of young paediatric surgeons travelled to Liverpool to work with Rickham and the team of surgical staff based at Alder Hey. Peter Rickham was fortunate to also have Jackson Rees a pioneer in neonatal anaesthesia as a consultant colleague during that era. The “impossible became possible”. Many young surgeons who visited Alder Hey later advanced to become world leaders in paediatric surgery across four continents.
This new textbook “Rickham’s Neonatal Surgery” is dedicated to Peter Paul Rickham including past and present staff at Alder Hey. The team of editors have assembled leading experts with co-authors to provide state-of-the-art chapters covering the speciality field of neonatal surgery and its related disciplines including fetal medicine, fetal surgery, radiology, newborn anaesthesia, intensive care, neonatal medicine, medical genetics, pathology, cardiac surgery and urology. Contributions from the basic sciences and laboratory research are highlighted in the textbook reflecting steady progress in our current working knowledge and understanding of many neonatal surgical disorders. Evidence-based studies and “best practice” provide the reader wide-ranging information including the latest developments in many chapters. As huge advances have been made in neonatal surgery with improved survival particularly in the past decade(s), ethical issues, long-term outcomes and quality of life are also emphasised by the individual contributors. We hope the textbook will be an authoritative reference for surgical residents in training, consultant surgeons, general surgeons with an interest in paediatric surgery, neonatologists, paediatricians, intensive care specialists and nursing staff. The editors are greatly indebted to the many authors from across the world for their excellent contributions and for some their lifelong professional associations having trained or worked as surgeons at Alder Hey.
Special thanks must go to Barbara Lopez Lucio who worked tirelessly with all authors, editor-in-chief and editorial team to make the project possible. We greatly value and appreciate the skills of the artist(s) and illustrators for their high-quality work. Finally, enormous gratitude is owed to Julia Megginson, Wyndham Hacket Pain and Melissa Morton at Springer, London, UK, for the final production of the textbook.
Paul D. Losty
Alan W. Flake
Risto J. Rintala
John M. Hutson