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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gilad A. Gross, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a unique book focused on one particular condition, migraine, in a fairly specific population, pregnant or lactating females.
Purpose: Recognizing the extremely high prevalence of headache, and in particular migraine headache, in reproductive-age women, this book seeks to aid practitioners in taking care of these patients. These are indeed worthy objectives as headaches of any shape or form can prove to be a diagnostic conundrum for any physician. When you throw in pregnancy and/or breast feeding to the mix, the treatment and management of patients can be quite challenging and frustrating. Because of its unique focus, this book can be a helpful resource for anyone caring for reproductive age women, including those pregnant or lactating.
Audience: There are two groups of providers that this book can greatly benefit — obstetric providers who do not shy away from treating headache in their patients, and internists/neurologists who specialize in headache/migraine management. The book is written at a level appropriate for any level of physician and/or nurse practitioner. Anyone looking to learn about migraines in this patient population can make good use of this book. The authors are credible and skilled writers.
Features: From pathophysiology to diagnosis to work-up to treatment, this book leaves no stone unturned when it comes to tackling its topic. It uses several means to drive home its information. Simulated patient dialogue is a unique technique, as are the numerous "practical pointers" and "practitioner pearls." The book provides numerous resources. Of particular help are the many online links that can further direct the physician. Another nice feature is the CD that contains numerous printable materials.
Assessment: This is a valuable book that can be of great benefit to practitioners who care for pregnant or lactating patients who suffer migraines. Headaches can be such a challenging condition to treat and the pregnant and/or breast feeding state can further complicate the task. This is a welcome addition to the field of reproductive health.