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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey C. Livingston, MD (University of Tennessee at Memphis College of Medicine)
Description: This is a basic guide to obstetrics and gynecology in which physiology and diagnosis on treatment for disorders of female patients are covered.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a practical synopsis of pathophysiology, diagnostic strategies, and management options for disorders in OB/GYN patients. The editors meet their objectives by providing very brief reviews on many topics.
Audience: The book is written for the house officer or student. In my opinion, it is too simple for residents, as there are not enough management details. For the student, this book can serve as a pocket guide. It is edited by practitioners at the hospitals at Johns Hopkins.
Features: The basics of general obstetrics and gynecology, with emphasis on a broad overview of each topic, are covered. The list of abbreviations at the back is helpful for students. More management algorithms would be helpful.
Assessment: This basic book is written at the medical student level. I was disappointed that some information in the chapter on diabetes is significantly outdated with no mention of very short acting insulin. This book is too simple for a medical student textbook so it best serves as a pocket guide.