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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This atlas is a companion to Te Linde's Operative Gynecology, 10th edition, Rock and Jones (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011).
Purpose: "The book provides illustrations and video images for gynecological procedures. Although designed as an adjunct for the textbook, it can function on its own. "
Audience: Although written at the level of residents, anyone who performs these surgeries will find this helpful.
Features: The book is divided into sections on gynecology, gynecologic oncology, reproductive surgery and urogynecology. Within each section are chapters on specific procedures. Most chapters include a brief introduction followed by preoperative concerns and presentation of surgical techniques with minimal text. The book uses cartoons to illustrate the procedures, but they are well done. Postoperative considerations are then covered, followed by a brief sample operative note. The book continues in this manner for a wide ranging number of procedures. The text is brief but informative and the images are easy to identify. I would have liked more lifelike pictures, but this is where the online content comes in. Online, the videos walk through each of the procedures. While the atlas is positioned as an accompaniment to the larger textbook, I think that it serves as a accompaniment to the video atlas.
Assessment: This is an easy-to-read, easy-to-search book on specific gynecological procedures. It would serve clinicians well when a quick overview of a surgery is needed. For more in-depth review, the online videos are better than the cartoon illustrations. Overall, a good effort.