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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maureen M Schulte , MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is an easy to read, succinct overview of PCOS that focuses on the recent advances in phenotypic expression of PCOS patients.
Purpose: PCOS is a syndrome commonly affecting reproductive age females, but historically it has been difficult to set diagnostic criteria. There is still debate among experts in the field, and this book provides pertinent background and focuses on bringing readers up to speed on the most current literature.
Audience: It is written for obstetrics/gynecology and family practice practitioners who care for women of reproductive age afflicted with PCOS and need to be aware of the metabolic sequelae. Reproductive endocrinologists also would benefit from the up-to-date, thorough review of the scientific literature and advances.
Features: After providing a thorough background in PCOS, the book discusses the differing phenotypes and key features of the syndrome, providing overviews of the most recent advances in the literature on adipokines and metabolic sequelae. It is definitely an overview that does not delve into detail.
Assessment: This will be a helpful resource to clinicians caring for PCOS patients who want to learn more about the proposed etiology, pathophysiology, and metabolic sequelae. It presents up-to-date information, gives a broad overview of the highlights of key features of PCOS, including hyperandrogenism and hyperinsulinemia, and discusses treatment.