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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Katherine J Hladky, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of contraceptive methods currently available in the United States.
Purpose: The authors' challenge is to help readers provide patients with effective contraception and guidance on how to use these methods correctly and consistently, a worthwhile goal given the continued high rate of unintended pregnancy. This is a much needed, concise, and expert book on contraception.
Audience: Although the authors do not specifically state a target audience, this book is written for healthcare providers and is appropriate for all audiences in healthcare (from students to long-time practitioners). The authors are leaders in the field of family planning.
Features: Chapters cover each of the major methods of contraception, as well as topics impacting or affected by contraception. Given the common format used in each chapter, it is easy for readers to locate desired information quickly.
Assessment: This is a valuable tool in the field of family planning. This edition incorporates new findings and recommendations since the previous edition was published in 2004.