Reviewer: Michael Carter, MD (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book is unique for its inclusive coverage of nearly all diseases that affect the penis. The anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions are described.
Purpose: The goal of the authors is to provide a complete and up-to-date treatise of diseases of the penis for use as a text for students and as a reference source for busy practitioners of urology.
Audience: The target audience is the student and busy practitioner of urology and urologic surgery. Although there are several chapters that some medical students may find useful, it seems unlikely that most students would use such a focused book when much of this information is available in a general textbook of urology that is more geared to students. Hence, the primary target would be urologists-in-training and the practicing urologist wishing to update his knowledge in this area of anatomy.
Features: To my knowledge, this is the first book to address normal anatomy and function as well as all disorders of the penis, ranging from erectile dysfunction to congenital anomalies, trauma, inflammatory conditions, and cancer. Unfortunately, this contributed book seems to have more variation in chapter quality than expected, and some important information is very out-of-date for a book this new. Although slightly dated, references are extensive, and this may be one of the book's strengths. The indexis detailed and allows easy access to information. There are good color photographs of skin diseases of the penis, but the remainder of the photos are black-and-white and of variable quality. Some chapters contain good illustrations of surgical technique.
Assessment: The authors' objectives are laudable, but unfortunately, their goal of producing an up-to-date treatise has been hampered primarily by technological and product changes that evolved before publication that impact the credibility of some chapters. To be complete, there are chapters such as Anomalies of the Urethra but they seem out of place, and it is not likely that most urologists would look to this book to review those subjects. If a few more chapters had been written by recognized authorities in their fields and if some chapters were not dated, the book could have been a major contribution. Despite these shortcomings, this book should be a useful part of the practitioner's library and should be popular in the medical school library, especially if covered with plain brown wrapper.
3 Stars from Doody
This text/reference amasses an explosion of new research and clinical data on diseases of the penis. It begins with a review of embryologic aspects, and a comprehensive discussion of penile anatomy and physiology. Further coverage encompasses skin lesions, traumatic injury, reimplanation, erectile dysfunction, and neoplastic diseases. Closing chapters examine the controversial practices of circumcision and penile reconstruction. Amply illustrated with drawings, and photos (of which 60 are in color). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)