Reviewer: Steven P Petrou, MD (Mayo Clinic Florida)
Description: This is a compendium of case presentations in female urology accompanied by analysis from selected experts in the field of urology and urogynecology. Each case is presented as a short vignette with relevant diagnostic tests followed by the authority's analysis and suggested approach for therapy. The contributors are a veritable who's who in the field and their opinions serve as a snapshot of current contemporary management.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide not only the proposed end therapy for the disease process, but also valuable insight into how the expert analyzes the situation and why a specific treatment is proposed. With the rapid expansion in treatment for voiding dysfunction and pelvic prolapse, the dual educational offering of the "what" and the "why" makes this a worthwhile read.
Audience: All physicians treating women with voiding dysfunction and pelvic prolapse should consider acquiring this book for their library or even as a primer to be accessed in challenging cases. Its presentation is especially timely given the current evolution in the formalized certification in this field and the associated testing. The book will be very attractive to physicians who enjoy hearing the thoughts of the expert presenters at meeting sessions on these problems as well as the rebuttals offered from the audience.
Features: The 40 cases represent problems ranging from urinary incontinence to prolapse and include therapy for other problems such as postoperative complications and fistulae/diverticula. One valuable feature is the descriptive title of each vignette, which makes it easy to reference if needed in a clinical setting. The case analysis includes not only the opinion of the invited expert, but also the editor's comments, which may be supplementary as well as complementary depending on their views. The associated urodynamic studies for each case are real world in their presentation, thus adding to the feel of simulated experiential learning. This should not be confused with a classic textbook because the presentations are case-specific and the references are quite variable in number and often not expansive.
Assessment: This is an excellent book that covers the targeted topics well in a concise and efficient manner. Both practicing and learning physicians will find it a valuable resource.