Description: This is a quick reference handbook for a variety of obstetrics/gynecology conditions.
Purpose: The intent is to provide a quick reference, with flow charts, to tackle the most common conditions in obstetrics and gynecology. This is a worthwhile objective and sometimes the book hits its mark.
Audience: The book is written at the level of immediate provider nurse, medical student, or resident. Seasoned physicians may seek out more detailed manuals. The authors are from the U.K., giving the book an international feel.
Features: The book is divided rather broadly into obstetrics and gynecology topics. Each section is divided into urgent and nonurgent conditions. A big downside of the book is the table of contents, which essentially functions as nonalphabetized index. Readers have to scan a few pages to get to the information they need. Topics could have been more logically grouped. In each chapter the topic is presented in a couple of pages of rapid fire bullet points followed by a flowchart. The flowcharts are really the big selling point, and sometimes they work but other times they fall short. An example of a good flow chart is the one on incontinence (pp. 240-241), for which the terminology can sometimes be muddy for those who do not frequently use it. The chart makes it easy to work through to get to the diagnosis. A flowchart on page 17 is an example of a situation where one is probably not even necessary. The material is accurate if brief and the references are pertinent. Units in the U.K. differ from their U.S. counterparts, so reading can sometimes be difficult for U.S. readers.
Assessment: This book introduces an interesting topic, but leaves room for improvement with future editions. The flowcharts are (and should be) the highlight, and some are better than others. The organization could be improved in any future editions.