Donor Insemination

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Overview

This volume provides clear guidelines on the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the use of donor insemination to treat infertility. The team of authors, drawn from a wide range of disciplines, covers all aspects of implementing and organising a successful donor insemination programme. The volume includes practical information on recruitment, screening and selection of suitable donors; counselling of patients and donors; clinical, scientific and laboratory aspects, including fertility assessment, ovulation timing and cryopreservation. The volume concludes with information on organisation of sperm banks, the use of computerisation and ethical and legal aspects. The volume is designed to assist all those involved in the treatment of infertility - including andrologists and clinicians in the fields of reproductive medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
R. S. Jeyendran
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. 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. 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. 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. 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 theauthors 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.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521404334
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Ian Douglas Cooke; 2. Donor recruitment, selection and screening C. R. L. Barratt; 3. Counselling in donor insemination S. Cooke; 4. Sperm treatment in the female tract J. Overstreet and Erma Z. Drobnis; 5. Techniques for examining the fertilising capacity of semen D. W. Richardson and John Aitken; 6. Semen cryopreservation: methodology and results Brooke A. Keel and B. W. E. Webster; 7. Ovulation timing E. A. Lenton; 8. Donor spermatozoa and its use in assisted reproduction (IVF, GIFT) J. C. Osbourne, C. A. Yates and G. T. Kovacs; 9. The influence of female fertility on donor insemination success - possible reasons of failure M. Chauhan; 10. American organisation of sperm banks Grace Centola; 11. Artificial procreation with frozen donor semen - the French experience of Cecus D. Le Lannou and J. Lansac; 12. Statistical analysis of data E. J. Lamb; 13. Ethical and legal aspects of donor insemination R. Snowden; 14. Developments in donor insemination and the law in the UK Ian Douglas Cooke; 15. Computerisation of a DI Clinic - is it useful for management of research? Hazel Leach and M. McLeod; 16. Concluding remarks - the future Ian Douglas Cooke.

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