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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth A. McKinney, MD (University of Tennessee at Memphis College of Medicine)
Description: This is an update to the previous edition published in 1994. The format remains essentially unchanged, and although the pages and print are bigger, the number of chapters is the same.
Purpose: The objective of this edition is met with timely updates to existing chapters and relevant attention paid to advances in molecular diagnosis, fetal infection, human immunodeficiency disease, and ultrasound.
Audience: This book is targeted toward practitioners with particular interest in medical problems complicating pregnancy.
Features: Medical problems commonly and uncommonly encountered during pregnancy are covered, including all major systems. Important social issues regarding physical abuse, HIV, and illicit drug use are addressed, and advances in high resolution ultrasound, PUBS, and molecular diagnosis of genetic diseases are highlighted.
Assessment: This is a cornerstone text in the practice of this subspecialty. The credibility of the editors and contributors is noteworthy and without question. The range of topics covered, together with extensive reference lists, provides readers with a wealth of information and resources to answer day-to-day questions. At the same time, readers are prompted to further thought and inquiry into a field that is rapidly evolving. This book is more comprehensive than Gabbe's Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 3rd Edition (Churchill Livingstone, 1996), yet easier to read than Gleicher's Principles and Practice of Medical Therapy in Pregnancy (Appleton & Lange, 1998). This fourth edition puts forth the best of the best in a stimulating, well-organized format that is sure to be appreciated.