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June 2, 1993

Textbook of Reproductive Medicine

Author Affiliations

Brown University Medical School Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Providence

JAMA. 1993;269(21):2800. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500210100043

Textbook of Reproductive Medicine, edited by Carr and Blackwell, comprises 35 chapters by 39 contributors in 645 pages, including a user-friendly index. The volume aims to update, summarize, and review for the practicing obstetrician-gynecologist the basic scientific and technologic advances relating to reproductive endocrinology and infertility that have accrued during the past 20 years. Each chapter reads like a comprehensive review article with extensive and timely bibliographic references. This is a main strong point of the book, as is the good balance achieved in presenting basic science and clinical material.

The opening chapter reviews recent advances in gametogenesis, fertilization, and preimplantation development that have expanded the successes of in vitro fertilization. Other chapters in this opening section elucidate in great detail the endocrinologic, biochemical, and physiologic mechanisms and events contributing to pregnancy maintenance, integrity of the fetal-placental unit, and the parturitional process. The chapter "Genetics in Reproduction" details the principles