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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Kenan Rifat Omurtag, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is an updated and comprehensive yet detailed summary of the developments in reproductive endocrinology since the last edition was published in 2006. This edition retains the three-part format that provides structure and focus for readers.
Purpose: The expansive reach of the topics present the significant blend of basic science and clinical research that have propelled this field to the forefront of scientific discovery. This book's goal is to provide a current foundation of knowledge for any basic scientists and/or clinicians interested in reproductive science. Each chapter provides substantive detail, giving readers a thorough perspective on each aspect of reproductive science.
Audience: This is a must-have for any basic scientists interested in reproductive biology, neuroendocrinology, endocrinology, immunology, parturition, or steroid biology. Clinicians and high complexity lab directors in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, particularly trainees in these areas, also understand that this book is essential to their library. All chapters are written by authorities and most are written by the original physician or scientist who contributed directly to the particular chapter topic.
Features: The book takes readers on a gradual journey across the reproductive landscape, starting microscopically at the level of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and traveling macroscopically through the structure, function, and control of the female reproductive tract. It transitions nicely to the pathophysiology of sexual development and then to the topics related to diagnosis and management of infertility. Finally, the book describes advanced reproductive technologies, detailing both the basic science and clinical findings surrounding the development of these technologies. Each chapter provides a historical context for the topic, which helps trainees and provides perspective for mentors. The editors have an A-list of authors for each chapter, which ensures that readers get expert guidance. The book is more mobile than previous editions, as readers have the ability to read the book online. A full list of references no longer follows each chapter, however; they are now online.
Assessment: The explosion of knowledge in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility requires an up-to-date reference. This book provides a thorough review of each significant finding since the first endocrinology experiment done over 150 years ago. Each chapter is written by the expert in that field, making this the encyclopedia for reproductive endocrinologists starting at the fellowship level. Residents in training in obstetrics and gynecology or those preparing for exams dealing with these topics may find the book too detailed and may prefer Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility , 7th edition, Speroff and Fritz (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005) , which highlights major points in each chapter.