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October 10, 1986

Gynecologic Urology and Urodynamics: Theory and Practice

Author Affiliations

Stanford (Calif) University School of Medicine Veterans Administration Medical Center Palo Alto, Calif

JAMA. 1986;256(14):1961-1962. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380140131039

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The goal of this text, as stated in the preface, is "to promote a more active role for the obstetrician-gynecologist in the evaluation of the lower urinary tract" (p ix).

The book is divided into four sections, focusing on the normal urinary tract, evaluation of the lower urinary tract, the pathology and treatment of lower urinary tract abnormalities, and the surgical treatment of genuine stress incontinence. It is authored by neurologists, urologists, psychiatrists, and gynecologists. Although topics such as the urinary tract in pregnancy, interstitial cystitis, urinary fistulas, and the use of the neodymium-YAG laser in the female genitourinary tract are introduced, the book deals primarily with the evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence in women.

As with many multiauthored books, the quality of the chapters varies. In addition, the organization of the chapters is sometimes confusing and cumbersome and portions of chapters are repetitious. For instance, a chapter on