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The premier reference in obstetrics for more than a century – now even more relevant to today's practice

Williams Obstetrics is the most detailed, comprehensive, and rigorously referenced text on the subject. Written by an author team from the world-renowned Parkland Hospital, the hallmarks of this classic are its thoroughness, scientific basis, and practical applicability for the obstetrician at the bedside. This edition of Williams Obstetrics continues to emphasize the scientific-based underpinnings and evidence-based practices of the specialty. This is accomplished by using incorporating more than 3,000 new literature citations and guidelines from the most trusted professional and academic organizations.

One of the important features of the twenty-fourth edition is a greater focus on the fetus as a patient and an expanded discussion of fetal diagnosis and therapy. This is complemented by more than 100 new sonographic and MR images of common fetal abnormalities. A new reorganization of the text enables the book to highlight more effectively the myriad disorders that may complicate pregnancy.

Williams Obstetrics provides a convenient, clinically relevant text of value to the busy practitioner. The book summarizes important new data that has influenced evidence-based management to improve pregnancy outcomes. Much of this data is conveniently distilled into newly created tables and diagnostic and treatment algorithms. During discussion, numerous sources are cited to provide evidence-based options for patient management. Additionally, nearly 900 images complement the text, many of which are new or enhanced. These include sonograms, MR images, photographs, diagrams, and graphs.

This edition of Williams Obstetrics continues to provide clinicians with everything they need to know about the practice of obstetrics with a level of authority and quality of presentation not found in any other resource.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the 24th edition of a book that lays claim to being the gold standard of obstetrics/gynecology textbooks. The presentation is in depth yet approachable with exemplary use of evidence-based medicine.
Purpose: This is intended as a comprehensive overview of obstetrics and it does a good job of achieving it.
Audience: The audience includes anyone involved in obstetrics, although residents and practicing physicians will derive the most benefit. The authors are the leaders in the field.
Features: The book is clearly divided into sections and the chapters are very comprehensive. This edition incorporates the new findings that have impacted obstetrics in the four years since the previous edition of 2010. At a glance, the text is clear and images are excellent, and the book is easy to read. I was impressed by the updates. For example, the chapter on preterm labor includes several things not often found in textbooks (the use of exclamation points for emphasis is just one example). There is a nice recap of the controversy regarding the cost of the drug Makena. This chapter highlights important physiology, but also incorporates how practitioners at Parkland managed certain scenarios. This approach is welcome and really adds to the protocolization of obstetrics.
Assessment: This edition continues in the fine tradition of its predecessors and lays a solid claim as the gold standard. The authors are leaders in the field and evidence-based decisions are seamlessly woven throughout.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071798938
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 24
  • Pages: 1376
  • Sales rank: 157,523
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Gary Cunningham, M.D. (Dallas, TX), Professor and Distinguished Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital.

Kenneth J. Levano, M.D. (Dallas, TX), Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital.

Steven L. Bloom, M.D. (Dallas, TX), Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital.

Catherine Spong, MD (Alexandaria, VA) is a practicing neonatologist.

Jodi Dashe (Dallas, TX) is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologst.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Obstetrics? Purpose, Definitions, and VitalStatistics
Chapter 2. Maternal Anatomy
Chapter 3. Reproductive tract Abnormalities
Chapter 4. Maternal Physiology
Chapter 5. Implantation and Placental Development
Chapter 6. Placental Abnormalities
Chapter 7. Embryogenesis and Fetal MorphologicalDevelopments
Chapter 8. Preconceptional Counseling
Chapter 9. Prenatal Care
Chapter 10. Teratogens and Other Causes of FetalMalformations
Chapter 11. Genetics
Chapter 12. Prenatal Diagnosis
Chapter 13. Disorders of the Fetus
Chapter 14. Fetal Imaging Techniques
Chapter 15. Fetal Therapy
Chapter 16. Amnionic Fluid Disorders
Chapter 17. Antepartum Fetal Testing
Chapter 18. Abortion
Chapter 19. Ectopic Pregnancy
Chapter 20. Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
Section 7. LABOR
Chapter 21. Physiology of Labor
Chapter 22. Normal Labor
Chapter 23. Abnormal Labor
Chapter 24. Intrapartum Assessment
Chapter 25. Obstetrical Analgesia & Anesthesia
Chapter 26. Labor Induction
Section 8. DELIVERY
Chapter 27. Normal Vaginal Delivery
Chapter 28. Vaginal Delivery of Breech Presentation
Chapter 29. Forceps and Vacuum Delivery
Chapter 30. Cesarean Delivery and PeripartumHysterectomy
Chapter 31. Prior Cesarean Delivery
Chapter 32. Normal Newborn Infant
Chapter 33. Diseases and Injuries of Term Newborn Infant
Chapter 34. The Preterm Infant
Chapter 35. Stillbirth
Chapter 36. The Puerperium
Chapter 37. Puerperal Complications
Chapter 38. Contraception
Chapter 39. Sterilization
Chapter 40. Hypertensive Disorders
Chapter 41. Obstetrical Hemorrhage
Chapter 42. Physiology of Preterm Labor
Chapter 43. Preterm Labor and Delivery
Chapter 44. Postterm Pregnancy
Chapter 45. Fetal Growth Disorders
Chapter 46. Multifetal Pregnancy
Chapter 47. General Considerations
Chapter 48. Critical Care and Trauma
Chapter 49. Obesity
Chapter 50. Cardiovascular Disorders
Chapter 51. Chronic Hypertension
Chapter 52. Pulmonary Disorders
Chapter 53. Thromboembolic Disorders
Chapter 54. Renal and Urinary Tract Disorders
Chapter 55. Gastrointestinal Disorders
Chapter 56. Hepatic, Biliary, Pancreas
Chapter 57. Hematological Disorders
Chapter 58. Diabetes Mellitus
Chapter 59. Endocrine Disorders
Chapter 60. Connective-Tissue Disorders
Chapter 61. Neurological Disorders
Chapter 62. Psychiatric Disorders
Chapter 63. Dermatological Disorders
Chapter 64. Neoplastic Disorders
Chapter 65. Infectious Diseases
Chapter 66. Sexually Transmitted Infections

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