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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Lindsay Reed, M.D.(Barnes-Jewish Hospital)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a well-organized book on common diseases in women. Like the previous edition published in 2005, this edition provides up-to-date management options for healthcare providers. The tables provide high-yield information and the bold headings enable providers to quickly locate specific topics. The helpful layout divides the book into two parts which separately cover obstetric emergencies and gynecologic emergencies.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain the pathophysiology and management of obstetric and gynecologic emergencies. Because women experience medical emergencies in numerous settings, it is important for all healthcare providers to be familiar with the most common obstetric and gynecologic emergencies.
Audience: The targeted audience includes obstetricians, gynecologists, emergency department physicians, family practitioners, and other primary care healthcare providers. However, the book also would be helpful for residents in obstetrics and gynecology and emergency medicine. The editor is the department chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville.
Features: The book covers the most common obstetric and gynecologic emergencies. For example, one chapter addresses medical emergencies in the pregnant patient. While this is a vast subject area, the book attempts to highlight the five most common life-threatening diseases to help healthcare providers identify and manage these emergencies more efficiently. The tables are well organized and provide high-yield information. Although the handbook provides helpful information, the font is quite small, which could make reading difficult..
Assessment: This handbook is a welcome addition to the books addressing these and similar topics because it is smaller and more portable. The bold headings make it easy to quickly find specific topics. While the emergencies that women experience may not change, certainly the management of those emergencies will continue to evolve, which justifies this update. I would definitely recommend this book to my colleagues.