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From The CriticsReviewer: James Aiman, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book addresses a significant and costly public health problem, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Purpose: The editors state that the "book is aimed at providing a comprehensive resource book on PID...." This is a worthy objective, and the book is needed because editorial constraints preclude a comprehensive review of the topic in textbooks of gynecology. The book comes close to achieving its goal.
Audience: Obstetricians-gynecologists, infectious disease experts, and health care providers in family planning and public health clinics will benefit from this book. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The text has an appropriate number of useful tables and graphs. The few photographs and half-tone drawings are generally useful and informative, although the illustration of cervical development reproduced poorly and was described adequately in the text. The book is functional and of a size (6 x 9 inches) to be easily portable or fit on a bookshelf. References are current and pertinent.
Assessment: This book is a good start in presenting a single source of a major public health problem. Regrettably, there are several deficiencies that should be addressed in future additions. Important questions and certain information are lacking. In the chapter on long-term sequels, the chapter title includes chronic pelvic pain, yet this important subject was discussed in three short paragraphs, with no mention of prevention or treatment. Nonetheless, this is an excellent text that includes topics rarely discussed elsewhere (e.g., behavioral aspects).