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From The CriticsReviewer: James Aiman, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This spiral-bound manual, written in outline format, provides succinct and usable clinical information to diagnose and treat common gynecologic disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to "provide a practical text" designed to aid in the treatment of outpatient gynecologic problems. This objective is worthy. The authors and editors have achieved their objective. Other texts are also available that achieve the objective.
Audience: This book is written for "anyone who treats gynecologic problems." The editors identify gynecologists, family physicians, internists, house officers, medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants as the audience. These are the groups who will most benefit. I am unfamiliar with many of the contributors, but the chapters are well written and thorough.
Features: Illustrations are practically nonexistent. Although more illustrations may be informative, they would also cause the book to become larger. Both the table of contents and index are extremely helpful in locating a desired topic quickly. Like a blind date, the book is not very handsome but has a great personality: the effective discussion of gynecologic disorders.
Assessment: There are several chapters that are unique but important: rape, sexual harassment, lesbian health issues, evaluation of sexual dysfunction, and healthcare maintenance. Each of these cover a problem that many physicians should know more about. Healthcare providers looking for a basic manual that provides practical information without embellishment will find this a useful resource.