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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Louisa C. Coutts-van Dijk, MD, MRCGP (Baylor College of Medicine)
Description: This is a substantial new textbook on all aspects of the childbirth process. Chapters review normal labor, risk assessment, fetal monitoring, induction of labor, as well as the most common complications and operative procedures of childbirth.
Purpose: For each topic, the medical literature is reviewed and areas of uncertainty or controversy are clearly discussed. For the more advanced and interested reader, the extensive references provide an excellent resource for further study.
Audience: This book is written for all healthcare professionals involved in labor and delivery, including physicians-in-training in the fields of obstetrics and family medicine, midwives, nurses, and medical students.
Features: The editor has brought together a distinguished cast of international authors. A chapter on the history of labor provides an interesting perspective. Other features include an adequately extensive index which enables answers to various clinical questions to be promptly located among the 593 pages of text. There are numerous black-and-white illustrations throughout, which justify the cost of the book and greatly enhance the training experience of the reader.
Assessment: This is an excellent new addition to the library of any healthcare professional privileged to be involved in the care of the woman in labor. I would especially recommend it to educators in the field.