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From The CriticsReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is an update of an illustrated reference on diagnostic imaging for any conceivable pregnancy complication. The first edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to draw upon the expertise of multiple subspecialties — radiology, perinatology, cardiology, genetics — to create a reference that advances the understanding and diagnosis of fetal diseases and to present the information in a readily accessible format.
Audience: Because of the presentation style, this book can be useful to practitioners of many different levels. Residents, sonographers, and physicians will all benefit from this book.
Features: The book is organized into sections by body part, allowing it to focus on both normal and abnormal within each section, such as brain, spine, face, heart, abdominal wall, and GI tract. Each section provides the information in a bulleted format with accompanying pictures. An excellent chapter covers the heart, beginning with embryology before moving on to normal anatomy. It then proceeds to present different abnormalities — hypoplastic left heart, etc. — that build on the earlier material. It's easy to envision this as a desk reference for perinatologists as they are reading ultrasounds. The clear highlights of this book are the ultrasound images with concise descriptions. The use of ultrasound images combined with pathological specimens hammer home the important points. Because the format is so accessible, readers can also recall facts more quickly. This is an invaluable resource for counseling patients.
Assessment: This second edition is an absolute gem, presenting fantastic pictures with pertinent facts in an aesthetically pleasing format. I have also used the online version, which is easy to navigate with images that are just as striking — a nice companion to the print version.