This is an elegant text that will become the authoritative source of information about any aspect of infections in women. This is a first edition that is certain to appear in subsequent editions. The editor's purpose is to provide ""an extensive volume"" discussing all aspects of infections in women. The editor invites readers to write if there are chapters that do not meet the reader's needs, or if a subject was explored incorrectly. The editor should receive few letters because this book fulfills its purpose to a remarkable degree. Physicians who care for women with an infectious process are the beneficiaries of this book. I believe this includes obstetric/gynecologic residents and practitioners, infectious disease specialists, and public health officials responsible for treating women with sexually transmitted diseases. The authors have the credentials to be included in this text. The illustrations are of outstanding quality, inserted judiciously, and effectively demonstrate the intended information. Most of the chapters have an extensive and pertinent bibliography. In some, but not all chapters the references have inclusive pagination. Several chapters have an inadequate bibliography. This book is an obvious ""labor of love"" and the culmination of close collaboration between editor and publisher. Both have worked hard to produce a classic. Anyone who provides care to women with an infectious process should have this text in their library. It will be used often. Readers will be pleased to find chapters that pertain to infectious disease but go beyond the ""how to"" aspects of this discipline. Bibliophiles will recognize this text as a future collector's item and will treat the bookwith due care and respect.
A practical reference consolidating much of the art and science of infectious disease as it relates to obstetrics and gynecology, for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians who may encounter infectious problems in their female patients, either pregnant or not. The 73 chapters are arranged in five sections that cover general precepts (including history, immunology, and anatomy), gynecologic infections, obstetric infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and associated technology (e.g., antibiotics, radiologic and histologic methods). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)