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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Harley Ginsberg, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book reviews and discusses the findings of studies pertaining to children conceived after various types of assisted reproductive technology (ART).
Purpose: According to the editor, a pediatrician from the United Kingdom, the purpose is to provide "a useful source of information in one place for those who wish to have a reference" on the subject of the health of ART children. As pediatricians are called upon to provide healthcare for an increasing number of these children, a source regarding expectations could prove useful.
Audience: In the preface, the editor states that he hopes "that some members of the public will enjoy reading this book, although it is principally aimed at medical scientists, fertility specialists, fertility nurses and all those involved with assisted conception." Additionally, this might be a useful resource for pediatric subspecialists including neurologists, neonatologists, and developmental pediatricians.
Features: "The majority of the authors are from Europe, primarily the United Kingdom. The findings of the studies evaluated are presented in the context of: presence or absence of major congenital anomalies; growth and neurodevelopmental well-being; and family relationships altered as a result of the birth of a child from ART. The editor concludes the book with a 4-page summation including a commentary on the future direction of this science. "
Assessment: Although appealing to a limited audience, this book provides some insight into the evolving world of pregnancies and subsequent care of children conceived with ART. As more data is available, additional editions will likely be forthcoming. For those interested in this subject, the book is concise and the messages well communicated.