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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Howard B. Goldman, MD (Case Western Reserve University)
Description: This is a comprehensive book on all aspects of incontinence, pelvic prolapse, and pelvic reconstructive surgery.
Purpose: The authors' intent is to produce a book that reviews the history of this field, document its current state and prepare the reader for future developments in this arena. An international group of authors from different fields was assembled to prevent the book from representing just one viewpoint. This is a worthy goal and one which is met by the various contributors.
Audience: Based on the detail in the book, it would appear that it is of particular value to urologists, gynecologists, and nurses with a special interest in this field. However, the book is organized in sections which allows it to be used as a reference or as a surgical atlas for those looking for one particular topic. Many of the contributors are well recognized authorities in this field and bring a sense of thoroughness to the discussion of many of the topics in this text.
Features: Just about every topic in the field of female urology is covered in great detail. Sections on epidemiology, patient evaluation, surgical and nonsurgical treatment of all facets of incontinence, prolapse, and other female urologic disorders are all well written. Very nice color illustrations and tables complement the text well. Many of the chapters describing surgical techniques can be used almost as a surgical atlas while most of the chapters dealing with nonsurgical treatments (pessary, physiotherapy, pads and anti-incontinence devices, etc.) present much information of which many practitioners are unaware. On the other hand, there are some areas where perhaps too much information is presented. One wonders whether three chapters on the epidemiology of incontinence, one each for the U.S., Australia, and Europe are really necessary. There are also a few areas where important information is lacking. For example, in the chapter on complications of SUI surgery, bare mention is made of the fact that the treatment for some patients with post-op retention and voiding dysfunction is a urethrolysis. More than just one sentence and perhaps even full detail of how to perform a urethrolysis would have been expected in such a comprehensive book. However, these minor deficiencies should not detract from the overall excellence of this book.
Assessment: This is an excellent and comprehensive book covering all aspects of female urology and urogynecology. It should prove useful to those immersed in this field as well as those who look to it more as a reference and/or surgical atlas. The fine illustrations and tables set this book apart from many others published in this field and ensure that it will be a valuable addition to the body of literature in female urology and urogynecology.