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From The CriticsReviewer: Dwight P. Cruikshank, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book is a compilation of monographs by internationally renowned experts on various subjects in the field of fetal diagnosis and therapy. It is not an organized or comprehensive textbook of that subject. It more closely resembles the proceedings of a symposium, in which each author presents the results of his most recent research. The book is heavily weighted toward fetal diagnosis, especially toward ultrasound and Doppler evaluations. There is very little on fetal therapy.
Purpose: The purpose is to present current contributions of the Board of Directors of the International Society of the Fetus as a Patient. The book does that, but I have questions about the worthiness of that objective.
Audience: Because of the noncomprehensive nature of this book, I do not believe it will be of interest to general obstetricians/gynecologists or even to the majority of perinatologists. It will be extremely interesting to those perinatologists and others doing research in fetal diagnosis and therapy.
Features: The quality of illustrations is variable. In at least two chapters the ultrasound pictures are very difficult to interpret and are of less than ideal quality. The adequacy and currency of the references are also variable; some chapters have exhaustive lists of current references, whereas other chapters have very short lists.
Assessment: This book is disappointing because it is not a comprehensive treatment of the fetus as a patient. Rather, it is a compendium of varied selected topics on that subject. Although the scientific quality of the chapters in the book is excellent, there simply are too many gaps.