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.