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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Suma Dronavalli, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a thoughtful, focused approach to androgen excess in women. The book is well organized and the format makes identification of specific topics easy.
Purpose: According to the preface, the purpose is to provide a guide and resource for all clinicians and researchers in the field of androgen excess. It is nice to find so many topics that are usually addressed in a fragmented fashion in one source discussed by leaders in the field. The editors achieved their objective.
Audience: This book is targeted at both researchers and clinicians in the field of androgen excess and it serves that audience well. The editors and many of the authors are well known in the field.
Features: The chapters are divided according to physiology, uncommon causes of androgen excess, polycystic ovary syndrome, and evaluation and treatment. Each of the individual chapters is also well organized with a summary, clear topic headings, conclusions, future directions, and key points. The book is all in black and white and the use of figures varies between chapters. Most chapters had helpful figures, but a few chapters were lacking illustrations.
Assessment: This is a good resource. It is helpful to have so many aspects of androgen excess addressed in a single source by knowledgeable authors.