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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This guide to diabetes in pregnancy is a practice manual for obstetric practitioners in any country.
Purpose: The book serves to be a definitive guide on this subject. The chapters cover screening, diagnosis, and complications of diabetes in pregnancy. The authors represent a spectrum of expertise from many countries.
Audience: The audience is residents and physicians who care for diabetic pregnant patients. The book is easy to read and new information is presented in a very clear manner. The diversity of authors provides a unique view.
Features: Chapters begin with practice points that are a vital component of the presentation and then progress in a logical manner, beginning with epidemiology before moving into pathophysiology. The depth of information is notable. Rather than simply mentioning the complications associated with diabetes, the book devotes chapters to topics such as hypertension, nephropathy, and retinopathy. The use of tables and figures is also excellent. More color would enhance the text, but this is a small quibble. Often books with authors from multiple nations result in confusing perspectives (via statistics and language), but this book avoids that pitfall. The use of case histories is also very interesting for readers.
Assessment: This book attempts to be a definitive resource on the topic of diabetic complications unique to pregnancy. It does very well in achieving this goal. It is very easy to read and the material has good clinical applicability.