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From The CriticsReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: Published in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, this is the seventh edition of a comprehensive book on obstetrics and gynecology.
Purpose: It is intended as the definitive reference for medical students on obstetric and gynecology rotations. With the expertise and input from ACOG, it achieves these goals.
Audience: Although the audience is clearly stated to be medical students, other trainees (nurses, etc.) would benefit from the book as well. The authors represent some of the most well respected organizations in obstetrics/gynecology education.
Features: The areas of obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, oncology, and maternal-fetal medicine are all well represented. The colorful images and figures are the most striking feature of this edition, providing an added pop to the material. In addition, important points are highlighted. In some instances (see pp. 116-117), the color can be distracting, but that is a small quibble. A point worth mentioning is that many of the tables come directly from ACOG bulletins or CDC guidelines. Each chapter uniquely begins with a clinical question, followed by the chapter material and then a follow-up to the clinical scenario to close the loop. Readers may appreciate this clinical application on material they are covering for the first time. The appendix provides a unique opportunity to familiarize medical students with the references ACOG makes available. The well-woman checklist and vaccination lists are two fantastic examples.
Assessment: This is the definitive book for medical students doing an obstetrics and gynecology rotation, and it has gotten even better with this edition. The use of ACOG and CDC references lend an added layer of authority to the material. Some pages suffer from an explosion of color that may be distracting, but that is a small issue in an otherwise stellar book.