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Overview

The leading obstetrics reference for more than a century -- now in full-color and with a greater emphasis on evidence-based practice

A Doody's Core Title ESSENTIAL PURCHASE for 2011!

This is the 23rd edition of an essential textbook for the practice of obstetrics. It covers a wide breadth of topics in exquisite detail, yet remains easily accessible to obstetricians at all levels of training....Williams Obstetrics has always been considered an essential textbook for residents and physicians in obstetrics and gynecology, and the newest edition does nothing to change that....The figures and layout make this edition easier to read and comprehend than previous ones, and the color figures and images are first rate. 3 Stars."--Doody's Review Service

Written by a team of expert authors from world-renowned Parkland Hospital, this rigorously referenced, landmark resource tells you everything you need to know about the practice of obstetrics in a unified, consistent tone not found in other texts.

For decades, ob-gyn practitioners and residents have hailed the book for its thoroughness, scientific orientation, and practical applicability at the bedside. Williams Obstetrics is reinforced throughout by a timely emphasis on evidence-based medicine, supported by state-of-the-art ultrasound images and original illustrations. The book's comprehensive coverage begins with an incisive look at maternal anatomy and physiology, and fetal growth and development. The text then progresses to the antepartum period, labor and delivery, the fetus and newborn, the peurperium period, obstetric complications, and medical and surgical complications.

New to this Edition

  • 1,100 brand-new, precisely rendered full-color illustrations
  • Evidence-based medicine is highlighted in the text through the use of icons, better familiarizing you with the latest clinical guidelines and standards of care
  • Greater use of headings and subheadings to quickly lead you to the content you need
  • Improved algorithms and tables clearly and concisely present Class I evidence for diagnosis and treatment
  • In-depth coverage of abnormal obstetrics -- from obstetrical hemorrhage and preterm birth, to reproductive tract abnormalities -- provides the most clinically relevant perspectives in this pivotal area
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the 23rd edition of an essential textbook for the practice of obstetrics. It covers a wide breadth of topics in exquisite detail, yet remains easily accessible to obstetricians at all levels of training.
Purpose: This is an excellent resource for goal-directed reading about a particular subject, but it also can be consumed by chapters or subjects, given the simplicity of the writing style.
Audience: Practicing obstetricians will appreciate it, but obstetrics/gynecology residents will find it invaluable.
Features: The organization of the book and the attention to maternal conditions and how they are affected by pregnancy are nicely done. The amount of information is appropriate for the level of an intern in obstetrics. The writing style is easy to comprehend - it is not too dense and one does not have to read a paragraph 10 times to understand it. An appropriate amount of research studies are quoted to support the statements, and this would be a good first reference to expose obstetricians in training to evidence-based medicine. However, some sections could be updated. For instance, in the operative delivery discussion on regional anesthesia and labor progression, it would be worthwhile to incorporate some of the more timely studies that provide a counterargument. A significant improvement over previous editions is the layout, which is easier to read, and the color figures, which accentuate the layout. Tables and figures are cited and in a bold blue, making it is easier to find them. With these changes, this edition makes progress towards easier consumption of larger quantities of material. One feature that seems prominent in this edition is cross-referencing between chapters. At times, a simple explanation would have sufficed, as opposed to encouraging the reader to find another chapter for an answer. Finally, adding a summary chart or paragraph at the end of every chapter highlighting the key points would be helpful.
Assessment: Williams Obstetrics has always been considered an essential textbook for residents and physicians in obstetrics and gynecology, and the newest edition does nothing to change that. A similar reference is Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 5th edition, Gabbe et al. (Elsevier, 2007). The latest edition of Williams takes the best feature of Gabbe - its ease of consumption - and improves upon it with its excellent incorporation of evidence-based medicine. The figures and layout make this edition easier to read and comprehend than previous ones, and the color figures and images are first rate. Though the cross-referencing could be reduced, this remains an excellent obstetrics textbook and I will continue to recommend it.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Anthony Shanks, MD(Washington University School of Medicine)
Description:This is the 23rd edition of an essential textbook for the practice of obstetrics. It covers a wide breadth of topics in exquisite detail, yet remains easily accessible to obstetricians at all levels of training.
Purpose:This is an excellent resource for goal-directed reading about a particular subject, but it also can be consumed by chapters or subjects, given the simplicity of the writing style.
Audience:Practicing obstetricians will appreciate it, but obstetrics/gynecology residents will find it invaluable.
Features:The organization of the book and the attention to maternal conditions and how they are affected by pregnancy are nicely done. The amount of information is appropriate for the level of an intern in obstetrics. The writing style is easy to comprehend - it is not too dense and one does not have to read a paragraph 10 times to understand it. An appropriate amount of research studies are quoted to support the statements, and this would be a good first reference to expose obstetricians in training to evidence-based medicine. However, some sections could be updated. For instance, in the operative delivery discussion on regional anesthesia and labor progression, it would be worthwhile to incorporate some of the more timely studies that provide a counterargument. A significant improvement over previous editions is the layout, which is easier to read, and the color figures, which accentuate the layout. Tables and figures are cited and in a bold blue, making it is easier to find them. With these changes, this edition makes progress towards easier consumption of larger quantities of material. One feature that seems prominent in this edition is cross-referencing between chapters. At times, a simple explanation would have sufficed, as opposed to encouraging the reader to find another chapter for an answer. Finally, adding a summary chart or paragraph at the end of every chapter highlighting the key points would be helpful.
Assessment:Williams Obstetrics has always been considered an essential textbook for residents and physicians in obstetrics and gynecology, and the newest edition does nothing to change that. A similar reference is Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 5th edition, Gabbe et al. (Elsevier, 2007). The latest edition of Williams takes the best feature of Gabbe - its ease of consumption - and improves upon it with its excellent incorporation of evidence-based medicine. The figures and layout make this edition easier to read and comprehend than previous ones, and the color figures and images are first rate. Though the cross-referencing could be reduced, this remains an excellent obstetrics textbook and I will continue to recommend it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071497015
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 23
  • Pages: 1404
  • Sales rank: 333,580
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 2.35 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Gary Cunningham, MD

Beatrice & Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Chairman Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX

Kenneth J. Leveno, MD

Professor and Chief of Obstetrics

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX

Steven L. Bloom, MD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX

John C. Hauth, MD

Professor, Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Dwight Rouse, MD

Director of Obstetrical Complications Clinics

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Catherine Y. Spong, MD

Bethesda, MD

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Table of Contents

Associate Editors
Artists
Preface
Acknowledgments
Section 1: Overview
1. Overview of Obstetrics
Section 2: Maternal and Fetal Anatomy and Physiology
2. Maternal Anatomy
3. Implantation, Embryogenesis, and Placental Development
4. Fetal Growth and Development
5. Maternal Physiology
6. Parturition
Section 3: Antepartum
7. Preconceptional Counseling
8. Prenatal Care
9. Abortion
10. Ectopic Pregnancy
11. Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
12. Genetics
13. Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy
14. Teratology and Medications That Affect the Fetus
15. Antepartum Assessment
16. Fetal Imaging
Section 4: Labor and Delivery
17. Normal Labor and Delivery
18. Intrapartum Assessment
19. Obstetrical Anesthesia
20. Abnormal Labor
21. Disorders of Amnionic Fluid Volume
22. Labor Induction
23. Forceps Delivery and Vacuum Extraction
24. Breech Presentation and Delivery
25. Cesarean Delivery and Peripartum Hysterectomy
26. Prior Cesarean Delivery
27. Abnormalities of the Placenta, Umbilical Cord, and Membranes
Section 5: Fetus & Newborn
28. The Newborn Infant
29. Diseases and Injuries of the Fetus and Newborn
Section 6: Puerperium
30. The Puerperium
31. Puerperal Infection
32. Contraception
33. Sterilization
Section 7: Obstetrical Complications
34. Pregnancy Hypertension
35. Obstetrical Hemorrhage
36. Preterm Birth
37. Postterm Pregnancy
38. Fetal Growth Disorders
39. Multifetal Gestation
40. Reproductive Tract Abnormalities
Section 7: Medical and Surgical Complications
41. General Considerations and Maternal Evaluation
42. Critical Care and Trauma
43. Obesity
44. Cardiovascular Disease
45. Chronic Hypertension
46. Pulmonary Disorders
47. Thromboembolic Disorders
48. Renal and Urinary Tract Disorders
49. Gastrointestinal Disorders
50. Hepatic, Biliary Tract, and Pancreatic Disorders
51. Hematological Disorders
52. Diabetes
53. Thyroid and Other Endocrine Disorders
54. Connective-Tissue Disorders
55. Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
56. Dermatological Disorders
57. Neoplastic Diseases
58. Infectious Diseases
59. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Index
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