Several readers have written expressing their concern over what they consider to be the excessive length of some of our review articles. Some readers have also complained about the complexity of the articles and have suggested that the articles be restricted to what is known and agreed upon knowledge, leaving out controversial material. On many days I share this view. However, the world is not always simple and perhaps it is best for all of us to understand when things are not as clearcut as we might like.

In this issue the article by Maisels, "Jaundice in the Newborn," describes the complex nature of a common problem.

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