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From The CriticsReviewer: Julianne Newcomer, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is a basic book reviewing HIV infection and how it specifically relates to the pregnant woman.
Purpose: Although no objective is specifically stated, it is assumed that the purpose of the book is to be a basic, understandable review of the HIV virus and the most recent thinking about the management of the HIV-positive pregnant woman. Although it achieves this goal nicely, the book will be out of date quickly because of the abundant amount of research being done and fast changing thinking about the management of HIV-infected individuals.
Audience: The book was written for nurse midwives and is a good text for this audience. It may also be appropriate for the intelligent layperson who has an interest in this area.
Features: Consisting of 75 pages, this book includes a review of the HIV virus, epidemiology of the infection, a review of the HIV spectrum of disease, and the testing, medical implications, and management of the HIV-positive pregnant woman. It also includes chapters about health care workers and the neonate. It has very few illustrations but is easy to understand. The references are fairly current.
Assessment: This book should serve as a basic update and review for the intended audience. It is easy to understand, yet not overly simplistic.