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December 3, 1982

Managing Ob/Gyn Emergencies

Author Affiliations

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University New York


edited by John T. Queenan (A Contemporary Ob/Gyn Book), 157 pp, with illus, paper, $15.95, Oradell, NJ, Medical Economics Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(21):2913. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210085060

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This book was adapted from a special issue of Contemporary Ob/Gyn. Although intended to contribute to the clinician's continuing medical education, it may be far more useful as a handbook for obstetric and gynecologic emergencies.

The book is divided into 17 chapters, written by different authors. Subjects range from vasovagal syncopy to abdominal emergencies in pregnancy, ruptured pelvic abscesses, eclampsia, and the ruptured uterus. Each chapter is concise, and many contain short boxes outlining a management formula. Important current references are provided.

Although the format using independent authors leads to some unevenness, the overall quality of the chapters is good. Some relatively frequent emergencies, such as diabetic ketoacidosis and asthma and their respiratory emergencies, have been overlooked. Nevertheless, this is a volume one would like to have in one's locker when the 3 AM emergency patient is rolled in. It is hoped that the omissions will be corrected in future