Editors: Jerome F. Strauss III and Robert L. Barbieri
Publisher: Elsevier Saunders – 942 pages

Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

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The voluminous content of this book has been organized in three main Parts, to give you, the student and practitioner, the first overview of this book:
1. Endocrinology of Reproduction
2. Pathophysiology and Therapy
3. Reproductive Technologies
On a closer view, you will find the following subjects covered in each of the sections:
Part 1 with chapters 1 through 16 covers neuroendocrinology of reproduction; the gonadotropin hormones and their receptors; prolactin in human reproduction; the synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones; steroid hormone action; prostaglandins and other lipid mediators in reproductive medicine; growth factors and reproduction; neuroendocrine control of the menstrual cycle; the ovarian life cycle; the structure, function, and evaluation of the female reproductive tract; the breast; the endocrinology of human pregnancy and fetal-placental neuroendocrine development; the hypothalamo-pituitary unit, testis, and male accessory organs; immunology and reproduction; menopause and aging; and male reproductive aging.
Part 2 has chapters 17 through 29 that cover: disorders of sex development; puberty: gonadarche and adrenarche; nutrition and reproduction; environmental factors and reproduction, physiological and pathophysiological alterations of the neuroendocrine components of the reproductive axis; polycystic ovary syndrome; female infertility; male infertility; endocrine disturbances affecting reproduction; endometriosis; benign uterine diseases; endocrine diseases of pregnancy; and hormone responsive cancers.
Part 3 contains chapters 30 through 36 that cover: medical approaches to ovarian stimulation and infertility; assisted reproduction; gamete and embryo manipulation; fertility preservation; laboratory assessment; pelvic imaging in reproductive endocrinology; and contraception.
This massive volume is the product of 77 authors – practitioners and professors of various medical specialties – who contributed material for the 36 chapters spread over more than 900 pages. Drs. Strauss and Barbieri have done excellent work in collecting, collating, organizing and presenting all that material in a very authoritative and impressive seventh edition of this book, which was first published in 1978.
This book is a good one for you if you are a resident or fellow preparing for board exams or for you the practicing physicians who wants to prepare for recertification. It can also of course serve as a reference guide in making therapeutic decisions after diagnosis.
It contains the latest advances in basic clinical science, including molecular, cellular, and genetic concepts, helping you understand their relevance to pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy.
Throughout the pages of this book you will view anatomic structures, cell function and dysfunction, endocrine processes and other forms of physiology. Charts, full-color drawings and photos, and tables are provided to assist you in quicker understanding of the material in the text.
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The editors of this massive volume named below have done a great job of putting all the material together and presenting it in excellent form.
Jerome F. Strauss III, MD, PhD is Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at VCU Health System; and Dean of the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Robert L. Barbieri, MD is the Kate Macy Ladd Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.