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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: R. S. Jeyendran, DVM, PhD (Andrology Laboratory Services, Inc.)
Description: The authors intended this book to inform and update the practitioner on current issues to encourage research on the reproductive system through the use of donor insemination (DI). The authors are also concerned with improving the clinical management of DI by emphasizing donor assessment, fertility analysis, and counseling of clients. These issues are particularly pertinent and timely due to the recent legislation of the field.
Purpose: Since the authors seem to have a dual purpose in the book, the objectives remain diffuse. The randomness of the contents belie the lack of focus. Rather than a provocative presentation that might stimulate investigation, the book presents an interesting discourse in several areas.
Audience: This is a multipurpose book for a multipurpose audience. As the authors state, the book is for anyone involved in the treatment of infertility. It touches interesting topics in various professions which broadens the expert's knowledge, but it is more valuable as direction for the novice. The contributors are clearly authorities in their fields, but with such a broad audience they have a tendency to either overstate or understate their subject.
Features: The illustrations clearly contribute to the text and the captions adequately add to their understanding. References are numerous and current for most of the sections. The design of the book is visually pleasing and the text is easy to read.
Assessment: The book is an interesting perusal of the basics of the use of donor semen. It is pertinent in its anecdotes and discussions of current issues. A postdoctoral candidate in gynecology needing a synopsis of issues facing the field or a student interested in pursuing the field will find it useful. Although the authors intended to stimulate the would-be researcher, they do not make it easy. The statistics are complicated and the ethical chapter may be a deterrent. What may prove most valuable about the book is its emphasis on quality control and standardization of the field before the government assumes the task.