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From The CriticsReviewer: Lawrence C. Layman, MD(University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This dictionary of terms used in modern reproductive medicine encompasses essentials from the basic science and clinical realms of reproductive biology. Terms include subjects from basic anatomy, physiology, pathologic conditions affecting the reproductive system, diagnostic endocrine testing, genetic testing, ethics, and treatment. The definitions are accompanied by cross references to other entries.
Purpose: This text provides a compilation of definitions that may prove useful for those with a medical background who want to know details about the intricacies of reproductive medicine. Definitions of anatomic structures are accompanied by illustrations.
Audience: Physicians without training in reproductive medicine, nurses, medical students, ethicists, and patients have ready access to terminology in this continuously evolving field.
Features: This book is a compilation of terminology without a table of contents or index. Some of the definitions are quite extensive and include detailed descriptions and cross references. Common abbreviations and drugs used in the treatment of reproductive disorders are provided in the back.
Assessment: It is unique in that it defines a broad array of terms. It should be suitable for physicians who do not deal regularly with reproductive medicine, and it may be useful for individuals with a basic understanding of biology and/or medicine. However, except among those with a particular interest in this subject, this book probably will not receive widespread circulation. Ethicists and lawyers will find it more useful, but it is probably too technical for patients, except those who have a strong science background.