edited by Edward E. Wallach and Howard A. Zacur, 1182 pp, with illus, $145, ISBN 0-8016-7504-9, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1995.
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This is a massive new textbook of reproductive medicine, which will undoubtedly become one of the standard reference texts on the subject. There are 62 chapters organized into nine sections. The list of contributors is long and distinguished, and the subject matter of the chapters is completely comprehensive.
Part 1, on reproductive physiology, has six excellent chapters on such basic science topics as molecular genetics, the hypothalamus, and implantation. Combined, they contain a wealth of new information on some of the most fundamental aspects of the specialty and establish an excellent basis for the next part, on reproductive cycle disorders. Here the chapters on hyperandrogenism and polycystic ovary syndrome are especially comprehensive, and a great deal of recent data is presented. Nonetheless, it is instructive that in the chapter on polycystic ovary syndrome the authors state that "establishing a strict definition of the syndrome is not possible nor advisable at
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