Description: This is the definitive textbook for urogynecology and pelvic prolapse.
Purpose: The intent is to address the fact that female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery is a new subspecialty. This is certainly a worthy objective and the authors do a great job of achieving it.
Audience: The book is written for physicians in the field of urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction. Residents, fellows, and attendings all will derive benefit from it.
Features: After a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology of pelvic floor diseases, the book transitions into a comprehensive atlas of normal anatomy of the pelvic floor. The text is easy to read and the accompanying images are excellent. A nice feature pairs colorful illustrations with real life pictures. It's one thing to see an illustration of a complicated procedure, but it is another to see it side-by-side with its real world counterpart. Chapters flow nicely and comprehensive reviews are presented on each topic. For example, chapter 5 on stress urinary incontinence begins with definitions and epidemiology, followed by important anatomical considerations. Evidence-based medicine is then liberally incorporated to emphasize management decisions. All chapters highlight key points. There are no chapter summaries, but this is a nonissue with a book this rich. The range of topics the book covers is impressive. Female sexual dysfunction (chapter 18) and the use of graft materials in reconstructive surgery (chapter 22) are examples of topics that get only a couple of paragraphs in other books. Here, a comprehensive approach is described with excellent illustrations. Importantly, the book is medically accurate, which can be attributed to the reliance on EBM. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is liberally referenced, enhancing the authority of the book.
Assessment: This is the best book on the topic that I have seen recently. It is comprehensive, engaging, and extremely informative. Images accentuate the text nicely. Residents, fellows, and even practicing gynecologists would all be well served having this book in their library.