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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kenan Rifat Omurtag, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a welcome update to a classic book on reproductive endocrinology and infertility last published in 2005. It is the standard reference for all clinicians at all levels. The overall structure and content is similar to previous editions, albeit with updates reflecting this rapidly advancing field.
Purpose: The book is unique in that it has been authored by the same two experts since its inception. It is one of a few in the field that consistently provides readers of all skill levels and experience a reference to all things related to reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Despite the rapid pace of research and advances in the fields of embryology and infertility in particular, the authors have not missed a beat.
Audience: Although the book is written with reproductive endocrinologists in mind, many of the chapters are pertinent for general obstetricians/gynecologists who see patients with anovulation, endometriosis, and perimenopausal issues. Infertility physicians and reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellows use this as the standard reference.
Features: This edition maintains the same chapter order as the previous edition. The book still bolds relevant facts within paragraphs, but has gone a step further by highlighting in yellow the summary points that end certain chapters and/or sections. An appendix reviews epidemiologic design and study. The book seems more colorful than the previous edition, but this does not add much to the rich content.
Assessment: This is the classic, standard clinical reproductive endocrinology and infertility book that has supported the education of obstetricians/gynecologists and the care of their patients worldwide. Replacing the seventh edition may not seem necessary at first, but given the six years since that edition and the rate at which the field evolves, readers should strongly consider updating. Unlike Yen and Jaffe's Reproductive Endocrinology: Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Clinical Management, 6th edition, Strauss and Barbieri (Elsevier, 2009), the emphasis here has traditionally been on clinical management, and it is written with a broader audience in mind. This remains the foundation with this edition as well.