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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the seventh edition in 33 years of an aesthetically pleasing introductory textbook on mammalian reproduction.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide medical professionals — including those who work with animals — insight into reproduction. The objective is to highlight fundamental points common throughout reproductive species.
Audience: "Medical, veterinary, and science students of all levels are the target audience. "
Features: Early chapters focus on reproduction, breaking it down by gender. Clearly, students interested in reproductive endocrinology will derive a lot of benefit from these chapters. Later chapters evaluate hormonal influences on parturition. These chapters are fascinating and provide a nice supplement to core material. The book nicely integrates online features, which is essential in our mobile community. In general, the book is visually appealing, with many well done and colorful illustrations. Key learning points are provided at the end of each chapter. One downside is the unnecessary bolding of words - it seems that each sentence has a bolded word, which detracts from the aesthetics and sometimes makes little sense. Chapter 17 is a perfect example of a well-done chapter with excessive highlighting. (Fully dilated cervix does not need to be bolded.)
Assessment: Although professionals at all levels may derive some benefit from this book, the ease of reading and the accompanying online versions may benefit students the most. The illustrations are wonderful and the content solid with a decidedly European feel. The excessive bolding of words could be toned down, but that is a small quibble in an otherwise solid book.