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Edited by David Sturdee, Karl Olah, David Purdie, Declan Keane. (Pp 420; £48 or £36 to fellows and members.) RCOG Press, 2002. ISBN 1-900364-72-7.
This is an excellent book, which is easy and enjoyable to read. It meets the target the editors set out with, highlighting the extraordinary variety and broad expanse of the specialty. Furthermore it is refreshing that many chapters address the ethical and psychological aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology.
The first nine chapters are based on RCOG lectures and the following 24 chapters form an odyssey through contraception, pregnancy, delivery, postpartum problems, and gynaecology. The book covers a wide variety of subjects and topical issues, addressing areas often neglected. It is clear and well laid out.
The chapters are well written and reviewed. Some are thought provoking and provocative. Although it includes coloured illustrations and photographs, they are all accumulated in the middle part of the book and add little to the text.
This book will be useful for trainees studying for their membership exam and certainly is an interesting read for consultants and will help them to keep uptodate with recent advances.
At £48 for 420 pages, the book is reasonably priced.