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From The CriticsReviewer: Jacqueline Ogutha, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a well written resource on uterine fibroids, full of scientific data, hypotheses about their etiology, and available treatment options. Figures and pictures help readers understand some of the more complicated concepts.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to educate women about fibroids and enable them to become more active participants in the decision-making process regarding treatment options. These objectives are certainly worthy given that upwards of 20 million women have fibroids.
Audience: As the introduction states, this book is written for the woman with uterine fibroids who would like to be better informed about her diagnosis and treatment options. However, the first several chapters read like a gynecology text book. Chapter 4, on the endocrinology of the uterus, contains a fairly detailed discussion of receptors, growth factors, and second messenger systems that may be challenging for readers with no previous exposure to biochemistry. The author has published articles on fibroids and has years of clinical experience.
Features: After an overview of the biology of fibroids and surgical and medical management, the book makes a case for more rigorous scientific inquiry into the genetics of fibroids. The chapters on surgical treatment are especially well written and clearly describe all the available options. The appendix, "Hints for Surgical Recovery," is a thoughtful addition to the book and will be appreciated by any patient contemplating surgery.
Assessment: This book is a comprehensive account of uterine fibroids for the motivated patient. Although the amount of scientific detail may be overwhelming for those without a background in the sciences, it is balanced by illustrations, photographs, and a clear writing style that make the book easy to read overall.