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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Yvonne Collins, MD (Christ Hospital and Medical Center)
Description: With its expanded look at the human papillomavirus that includes etiology, transmission, diagnosis, ramifications, vaccination, and controversies, this book attempts to answer questions and concerns of patients, parents, and providers.
Purpose: The goal of this book is to better inform readers on the disease manifestations of HPV and the role of vaccine therapy. The author also wishes to address issues that have been raised in an attempt to empower women.
Audience: This is intended to be a resource for healthcare providers (internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, family practice, adolescent medicine, pediatrics), parents, and patients (both young and the more mature). For educated providers, the book may be too simple, but it is thorough enough for patients, parents, and less knowledgeable providers. The author has a background in obstetrics/gynecology and family practice in addition to having worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Features: The book covers HPV in good detail, including natural history, risk of regression, transmission and the importance of behavior modification, risk factors for transmission, staging, and treatment, as well as barriers. She also addresses the disease burden of HPV beyond the cervix. She discusses vaccine therapy, taking a thorough look at other vaccines throughout history. With vaccine therapy, she explores treatment, prevention, side effects, risks, and the possibility of vaccinating other non-FDA approved populations. Lastly, she also addresses the global need for intervention for cervical cancer. The book is impressive in the vast area covered, the questions answered, and the controversies raised. The author provides an unbiased view and is honest about what we don't know. The key facts at the end of each chapter help identify the take-home points, and the glossary and figures help emphasize pertinent information. One possible drawback is that the book may be too long for the typical patient or parent.
Assessment: This is good addition to the books explaining HPV. It attempts to provide a complete source of information without directing patients and parents to multiple sources and sites. It covers just about everything patients and parents want to know about HPV.