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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Roy E. Weiss, MD, PhD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a monograph detailing the effects of various medications on male and female sexual function and fertility. The book is organized into eight sections divided by therapeutic classes of drugs (e.g., antihypertensives, chemotherapy, antibiotics, etc.) and an introductory section reviewing male and female sexual function.
Purpose: The authors state in their preface that they intended this book to provide the reader with a "quick and easy" reference that would be available when the practitioner is confronted with a question whether a specific drug would result in possible infertility or sexual dysfunction.
Audience: The authors state that the book is intended for medical personnel, nurses, and pharmacists who would be asked these questions regarding medications.
Features: On the one hand it would be useful to have a single reference that would provide a quick answer to these specific questions, but looking at the section on reproductive system side effects in the Physician's Desk Reference gives as quick an answer to the question with more references and is more user friendly in terms of finding a specific drug. This book would be potentially be more useful because of its conciseness and its size. However, it would have been much more useful to have a table listing each drug discussed in each section and standardizing the effect it has on the reproductive system. For example a list of all hypertensives on one page with their side effects so that comparisons could be made. A unique contribution to this book are the chapters on recreational drugs and on the environment. These discussions are not readily available elsewhere. Oftentimes a statement is made about the effect of a particular drug without a reference. If the authors are quoting their personal experience it would be useful to know that.
Assessment: In summary this book, while having merit in its idea, falls short of the expected usefulness as a quick and easy resource for drugs.