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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive, evidence-based gynecology textbook.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a book on gynecology that is as comprehensive as its obstetrics counterpart — Williams Obstetrics, 23rd edition, Cunningham et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2010). It uses a clear and concise evidence-based format to deliver information.
Audience: The intended audience includes all who practice gynecology. Residents and physicians will find this book incredibly helpful. Nurse practitioners and family practitioners also may find it beneficial. The authors encompass a wide breadth of experience.
Features: The first five sections cover, respectively, general gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, oncology, anatomy and perioperative issues. Section 6 is an atlas of gynecological surgery that provides details on specific procedures. The overall layout of the book adds tremendously to its function. For example, in section 1, readers can get information about issues such as abnormal uterine bleeding and pelvic masses. They can read the excellent informative material, including the thoroughly researched topics. Illustrations and tables highlight the important points and clarify the text. Frequently in gynecology, there may be multiple options — specifically surgical — available for treatment. Readers can then turn to section 6 to look up specifics of a procedure. It is section 6 that sets this book apart and will make it a go-to source for residents, especially when they have to assist on a case that they have never seen.
Assessment: This is a beautiful and comprehensive book on gynecology. The emphasis in all sections is on evidence-based medicine, and the last section on specific surgical procedures is the highlight of the book. This will soon be a go-to resource for resident education.