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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gladys Tse, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This gynecologic laparoscopy and hysteroscopy book contains chapters appropriate for residents as well as advanced information sophisticated enough for those at the attending level to enhance their surgical skills.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize the full spectrum of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures performed in the different subspecialties of obstetrics/gynecology. It also attempts to provide a summary of evidence-based data to support various techniques over others. These are most certainly worthy objectives, and the book meets them well.
Audience: By its very nature, the book is aimed at a more surgically sophisticated audience and is written in a way that presumes a certain level of surgical skill. It would be appropriate for senior residents, fellows, or attendings. The authors are certainly leaders in this field and credible.
Features: This book covers a wide range of topics, such as basic and advanced hysteroscopy, minimally invasive surgery for infertility, oncologic procedures, and robotic surgery. It is diverse but detailed enough to be used as an academic resource. It contains many excellent photos, and cites numerous recent and applicable articles to support the data it presents. The complications section is a bit brief, and weakens the book as a whole, since the intended readers would be most concerned with this topic.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive and useful book that will add depth to any academic center's library and serve its residents and staff well. The accuracy of its information is well documented in the relevancy of its references. The book does an excellent job of summarizing the available evidence-based studies, which I have not seen done in other books on laparoscopy/minimally invasive surgery.