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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference on the devastating obstetrical problem of stillbirth.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the epidemiology, risk factors, and strategy for the workup of this condition.
Audience: The audience is obstetricians and residents. The authors and editors are well-respected authorities in the field.
Features: "Breaking the book into three parts — epidemiology, etiology, and management — allows readers to go to chapters that are most relevant for a particular instance. Although the book can be read in chronological order, most readers will flip to chapters that pertain to a patient that they are working up at the time. The epidemiology section has a lot of statistics and may be a tad too long. However, it provides all the important information, including the differences in descriptions for different areas of the world. In the etiology section, early chapters focus on the end result of stillbirth and how much risk certain conditions present. Chapter 8 is a great example of how clinicians can use this information when it is provided in reverse. In other words, in patients with a certain condition, such as hypertension, their risk for a stillbirth is compared to normotensive patients. This chapter goes on to cover the most common medical conditions that obstetricians will see in their patients, and the information is invaluable. Chapter 12 provides the details behind the workup of a patient with a history of stillbirth, bringing together much of the information already presented in a logical and easy to follow manner. It would be worthwhile to reference the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' stance on inherited thrombophilias in the workup of stillbirth. "
Assessment: This book follows a similar format as other comprehensive books on a single topic from this publisher (Preterm Birth: Prevention and Management, Berghella (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and Pregnancy in the Obese Woman: Clinical Management, Conway (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)). These books are aesthetically pleasing and full of useful information. They are all written in a manner that makes the information easy to understand and apply clinically.