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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James Aiman, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: The title of this should be "A guide to ^IEffective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth"^ because this book is an abridged version of a 2-volume, 1500-page book.
Purpose: The authors state that making the conclusions of the unabridged text more accessible and more portable is their purpose in providing this guide. The unabridged text is purported to be a comprehensive critique and review of the medical literature that scientifically evaluated all aspects of prenatal care. This guide does not succeed in fulfilling the authors' purpose.
Audience: The audience is all who are involved in the care of childbearing women, which is appropriate. The authors have written this guide after systematically organizing and reviewing the Cochrane pregnancy and childbirth database. There are no original data.
Features: There are no illustrations. The only references are to the unabridged text or to a record in the Cochrane database. The appearance of this text is utilitarian, not elegant. There are no unique features in this text. As cited, it is impossible to judge the completeness of the references.
Assessment: This text is actually the authors' critique of various aspects of pregnancy care based on a review of the articles in the Cochrane database. This is a "guide" only in that it is an abridged summary of larger text. This guide is not useful to those who would review the citations at the end of each chapter; the citations are to the record number in the database, not the original publication.