Williams Obstetricsby F. Gary Cunningham, J. Whitridge Williams
The new 21st edition of Williams Obstetrics maintains its strong evidence-based approach and includes more than 4,000 new references, updated guidelines, and a new easy access format in a 2-color design. Rigorously referenced and cohesively written, the hallmarks of Williams Obstetrics are its thoroughness, scientific basis, and practical applicability for the… See more details below
The new 21st edition of Williams Obstetrics maintains its strong evidence-based approach and includes more than 4,000 new references, updated guidelines, and a new easy access format in a 2-color design. Rigorously referenced and cohesively written, the hallmarks of Williams Obstetrics are its thoroughness, scientific basis, and practical applicability for the obstetrician at the bedside. The book maintains its strong evidence based approach whereby management guidelines and recommendations are evaluated on analysis of the scientific literature.
New features include:
* New Editors John Hauth and Katharine Wenstrom bring special expertise in the field of evidence-based clinical medicine and state-of-the art application of CLINICAL and MOLECULAR GENETICS as they pertain to obstetrics
* UPDATED GUIDELINES and STANDARDS of CARE reflect the current scope of practice
* New Streamlined format features QUICK-READ CHAPTER OUTLINES and highlighted key sentences that pinpoint critical information
* NEW CHAPTERS inform on hot topics: preconceptional counseling, induction and augmentation of labor, chronic hypertension, more
* 250 NEW FIGURES AND TABLES illuminate key information
Description: This 19th edition of what has become a "classic" is a thorough textbook of the entire spectrum of the specialty of obstetrics. The 18th edition was published in 1989.
Purpose: This is clearly meant to be the definitive textbook in the field. The authors have greatly expanded upon the previous edition, adding 20 chapters and approximately 400 pages.
Audience: This book should be read in its entirety by all practitioners and residents in obstetrics/gynecology and family practice. A great deal of the book is also appropriate for medical students and nurse midwives.
Features: The quantity and quality of illustrations are appropriate. There are abundant current and pertinent references. The table of contents and the index are both quite good.
Assessment: The authors have done a superb job of merging a traditional textbook of obstetrics with a textbook of maternal/fetal medicine. Whereas the previous editions had one chapter regarding medical and surgical complications of pregnancy, the new edition has 13, diseases of each organ system being treated in individual chapters. New chapters have been added on genetics, prenatal diagnosis, ultrasound, and drugs prescribed during pregnancy. Previous editions of this textbook have been criticized for presenting only management schemes which are used at the authors' institution. This edition presents a somewhat more balanced treatment of those areas of obstetrics where management remains controversial. In general, all of the chapters in this book are superb. The sections on ovarian function, ovulation, and menstruation are longer than they need to be in a textbook of obstetrics (as opposed to gynecology), but they are well written. The only weakness is the chapter on forceps delivery, which contains too few pictures and details to be very useful. In summary, this is one of the "gold standard" textbooks of the discipline.
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